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Stress Impacts Quality of Life for Seniors

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Contrary to popular belief, stress and anxiety do not just impact the younger generation. These feelings are often experienced by seniors, playing a pivotal role in their overall health and well being. As a leading provider of live-in home care in Palm Beach County, we understand that stress can begin to add up for seniors and quality-of-life can suffer. This does not mean seniors and their caregivers cannot take control of this stress; with the right knowledge and support, it can be significantly decreased or eliminated altogether.

  • End-Of-Life Care – A huge source of stress for the older generation pertains to end-of-life care. As we age, thoughts of mortality take on a greater meaning than what they did twenty years ago. Elderly individuals may worry whether their wishes will be respected, the care of a spouse or pets, and the burdens placed on family. Depression, anxiety and isolation may occur as a result. An open conversation can help eliminate these concerns and can lead to action to put all involved at ease, such as legal appointment of someone to make decisions on behalf of the senior should they not be able to.
  • Decreased Independence – A decline in physical abilities can really hit home for those in their golden years. Not being able to do the things that they once could causes emotional distress. The elder may become angry, resentful and they may even question their faith. They may seemingly give up on everything. Helping an aging loved one accept that these things that cannot be changed can aid in reducing stress. Acceptance may not always come easy but through encouragement, adaptations and options like in-home care in Palm Beach County that allow the senior to remain as independent as possible, it can be achieved.
  • Financial Concerns – Even the best financial planning in youth may not necessarily prevent stress related to financial concerns in older age. Chronic health conditions and other unforeseen life events can make finances tight. The senior may worry about how they are going to pay their bills or afford health care. Due to this, they may not fill prescriptions or neglect obtaining health services. There are options available and getting assistance can help ease the worry. Obtaining information from government agencies and other resources to review with the senior is a good way to get started.

Understanding how stress may impact the life of your aging loved one and knowing how you can help can go a long way in ensuring their health and wellness as they age. For additional tips on senior care, contact Home Care Assistance of Palm Beach. We offer hourly and live-in care as well as Parkinson’s, dementia and Alzheimer’s care for seniors in Palm Beach County. Call 561-429-8292 to speak with a Care Manager and learn more about our customized home care services.