For some caregivers, the idea that their aging adult might be experiencing a great deal of stress can come as a shock. This is especially true if your aging family member has been able to manage her stress fairly well on her own in the past. So what’s causing all this stress?
Aging Is Stressful.
You might not be able to fully appreciate this until you see it in action, but the simple act of aging can be extremely stressful. Your senior’s life, what she can do, and how she experiences life is changing dramatically. Sometimes this is even happening on a daily basis. Talking with people who understand this can help your elderly family member to put coping mechanisms to work.
Loss Creates Stress.
As your senior ages, she’s going to lose people she loves. She’s going to lose skills and abilities that she spent years honing. And she’s likely to lose other things, too, such as her ability to concentrate or her ability to hear. These losses add up and can create a tremendous amount of stress. Your elderly family member may not even realize that she’s experiencing stress from loss as it can show up gradually.
Health Conditions Are Stressful.
Having even one chronic health condition can create quite a bit of stress for your aging adult. Having more than one increases that stress exponentially for her. Talk with your loved one’s doctor and make sure that you’re both doing all that you can to keep your senior’s health conditions in check. If you notice any changes, make sure that you mention them right away.
Worry for Family Members Is Common.
It might seem as if your elderly family member has very little to worry about, but she may very well be worried about you and other family members. She may be concerned about health issues that they’re having or worried about what might happen later in their lives. She may also be worried about what will happen to you and to other family members after she passes away and can no longer offer advice or help.
Stress amongst aging adults is far more common than you might think. It’s tempting to think that their lives have become easier with retirement, but some things are way more complicated. Put solutions in place, such as hiring senior care providers, which enable your elderly family member to deal with the causes of her stress on her own terms.