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What Causes Stress in Seniors?

It’s easy to imagine that older adults who are retired are living the easy life. It would be nice to think that our elderly family members have nothing to worry about. However, just the opposite is true. Seniors experience stress the same way that younger adults do, but they may be experiencing it for different reasons. It’s a good time to learn about what might be causing your aging relative stress and consider what you may be able to do to relieve it.

Below are some common causes of stress for seniors.

Loneliness

Senior Care Rohnert Park CA - What Causes Stress in Seniors?

Senior Care Rohnert Park CA – What Causes Stress in Seniors?

Some older adults spend a lot of time alone. They may be living alone for the first time because of the loss of a spouse. Or, they may have recently moved to be closer to their adult children and lost connections with friends. In addition, some of their friends and family members have probably passed away. Being alone puts seniors at risk of being socially isolated, which means they rarely have the opportunity for social interaction with others. People who are socially isolated are frequently more ill than people who stay connected. They also typically die sooner.

Senior care can provide a point of social interaction for your aging relative. In addition to having a senior care provider to talk to, the senior will also have the opportunity to get out of the house more because the provider can drive them places and assist them to walk safely without fear of falling.

Health Problems

Many older adults suffer from chronic health problems, like arthritis or diabetes. Having these kinds of problems can be worrisome. Not only do they cause stress because of the way they make the person feel, there may also be worry about what the future holds and how the senior will pay for medical bills.

Senior care providers can help seniors to manage their health conditions by reminding them to take medications, cooking healthy meals, and driving them to medical appointments.

Memory Loss

Memory loss, even the kind that is normal in old age, can be stressful for older adults. It can cause them to worry about missing important appointments, losing items, or forgetting to pay bills. And, seniors who are in the early stages of dementia may worry about what will happen to them in the future.

Having a senior care provider can ease some of the stress caused by memory loss. The older adult will know that they have someone they can rely on to help them remember things like appointments, taking medication, and paying monthly bills. Senior care providers can also reassure seniors with dementia that they will have the care they need as their condition worsens.

Sources:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/howardgleckman/2017/11/29/the-risks-of-social-isolation-for-older-adults/#5d3eb7dd15d3

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Senior Care Services in Rohnert Park CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

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