Stress in Older Adults: Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention


Stress is an unavoidable part of life, and affects us at all ages and stages of life. However, as we age, we often struggle to cope with the difficulties of life. Elderly stress takes more of a toll on the overall health, than stress we experience earlier in life.

It is important to understand the causes and warning signs of elderly stress to prevent or overcome it.

Common Causes of Stress

  • Disintegrating family bond and relationships
  • Economic crisis
  • Health hazards
  • Poor nutrition
  • Death of a loved one
  • Lack of rest
  • Senior abuse
  • Neglect
  • Isolation
  • Relocation
  • Negative environment

Symptoms of Stress

  • Poor appetite or weight loss
  • Grinding teeth
  • Diminished ability to concentrate
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Tiredness
  • Frequent urination
  • Loss of interest in favorite hobbies
  • Memory problems
  • Seeing the negative in everything
  • Short temper
  • Suicidal attempts

Preventive Measures

Seniors who are stressed should make some changes in their lifestyle that can help them avoid stressful situations. Here are a few ideas:

  • Practice yoga regularly
  • Do not skip meditation
  • Perform breathing exercises
  • Go for a walk daily
  • Listen to your favorite music at least once in a day
  • Laugh out loud
  • Don’t be serious all the time
  • Recall a past success
  • Take part in sports activities
  • Play with a pet
  • Avoid negative thinking
  • Learn to say no to the things you don’t like
  • Talk to your friends and share your sorrows

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