How Loss of Loved Ones Can Impact the Senior Immune System

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Physical Effects of Grief on Seniors

The loss of a loved one can be an emotionally traumatic event, but research has found that grief doesn’t just affect a person’s emotional state, but their physical health as well. If your aging parent or loved one has recently experienced the loss of someone close to them, Home Care Assistance of Naples, FL shares information about how the grieving process may be affecting your loved one’s overall health and what you can do to help.

How Stress Affects a Senior’s Immune System

Researchers have found that the body is no longer able to produce the hormones that are needed to handle stress as it ages, meaning it is more difficult for a senior to handle the stress that comes with grief and losing a loved one. Higher levels of stress weaken the immune system, leaving the body more vulnerable to:

  • Cold
  • Sore throat
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Flu
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma

Coping with Grief can Relieve Stress

Having support from friends, family, and loved ones after loss can reduce feelings of stress and provide seniors with a sense of companionship to ward off feelings of loneliness or depression. You may also encourage your loved one to attend therapy appointments or support groups so they can share their feelings in a safe environment.

If you wish to get extra care or companionship for a senior loved one going through a difficult time, flexible hourly home care in Naples from Home Care Assistance is a great option. Our highly trained in-home caregivers can give your loved one the emotional support he or she needs to overcome a loss, while providing companionship and assistance with daily activities. To learn more about our premier in-home care services, call (293) 449-4701 and speak to one of our experienced Care Managers.


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