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Decrease the Stress in Seniors | Comfort Keepers® of Fredericksburg, Va

Dec 22, 2015 by Comfort Keepers of Fredericksburg

Stress is a common factor in life. For our senior loved ones, stress has the ability to be overwhelming.  They may be dealing with the loss of a spouse, a loved one, or friends they have outlived. Sometimes dealing with the simple tasks in their everyday life may cause stress if they have physical or mental limitations. Living alone can increase their sense of loneliness and cause stress.

What to Look For

Stress can manifest itself in various ways. Here are the six most common ways to identify if your loved one may be feeling stressed:

  • Changing in their eating habits, either overeating or loss of appetite
  • Mood swings that cause an increased level of irritability, depression or general sadness
  • Increased body aches or pains that aren’t typical
  • Shifts in sleeping patterns, either having trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping
  • Increased forgetfulness with names or places that they normally would not forget
  • Isolation, refusing to socialize or participate in activities they used to enjoy

Knowing these signs and detecting them early can help you come up with a plan to prevent your loved one from feeling the effects of stress.

Ways to Help

There are a variety of ways to help combat stress and its negative effects on your senior loved one. For instance, physical exercise – designed for seniors – is a great tension reliever. The Rappahannok YMCA offers a variety of water exercises to reduce the pressure on senior joints. Getting a good night’s rest and eating a well-balanced diet can also mitigate stress. Wegman’s has a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to finish out a well-balanced meal. Additionally, it’s important that you help keep your loved one engaged in activities, whether it’s socializing with friends, visiting the Fredericksburg Senior Center, attending church, or joining a book club.  

Comfort Keepers® of Fredericksburg can provide the transportation or the companionship your senior may need in order to break the stress cycle. We are a home care agency that has been providing in-home care for seniors for over 17 years so they can live independently in their own homes.  Call us today at (540) 212-9707 to talk to a senior advisor or contact us  for more information.


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