- Changes in eating habits, such as over-eating or loss of appetite, can be caused by overwhelming stress.
- Mood swings due to stress may present in increased irritability, general sadness or depression.
- Memory issues may arise in the form of increased forgetfulness of names, places or other things that normally come naturally. Lack of concentration may become a problem. Some seniors may exercise poor judgment, such as excessive spending when they are already on a limited budget.
- Physical signs of stress can include body aches and pains or increased episodes of illness. Changes in sleeping patterns — either trouble falling asleep or interrupted nighttime sleep — can signal significant stress.
- Seniors experiencing overwhelming stress often isolate themselves from others, refusing to socialize or participate in activities they used to enjoy.
Love to Know Senior Citizens. Stress and seniors. Retrieved on March 9, 2012, from seniors.lovetoknow.com/Stress_and_Seniors