Stress Management Tips for Seniors with Dyslexia or Dyscalculia

Eepeng Cheong

Stress Management Tips for Seniors with Dyslexia or Dyscalculia

When people talk about dyslexia and dyscalculia, they are usually concerned about how they affect people who are in the developmental stages of life, such as children and adolescents. However, these disabilities can also occur in elderly people. Dyslexia and dyscalculia can make it significantly more difficult for seniors to perform certain activities and live a normal life, resulting in considerable stress and frustration. Here is some useful information on stress management with dyslexia or dyscalculia.

Causes of Dyslexia and Dyscalculia in Seniors

Some elderly people may have been suffering from dyslexia or dyscalculia for their entire lives, while there are others that acquired the disability through brain injury, stroke, dementia, or trauma. Stress is one of the contributing factors to stroke and dementia. According to the Internet Stroke Center, 75 percent of all strokes occur in people who are above the age of 65, and the risk of stroke increases over two-fold every decade after 55. Also, the Alzheimer’s Association states that about 10 percent of people aged 65 and above have Alzheimer’s dementia. The prevalence of these conditions among seniors make them more susceptible to dyslexia and dyscalculia.

 

Effects of Learning Disabilities on the Elderly

Depending on the severity, dealing with dyslexia or dyscalculia can be very mentally-exhausting and frustrating. The extra effort needed to read or calculate can result in a lot of stress, which can in turn worsen the condition or lead to other health problems. Severe dyslexia or dyscalculia can significantly undermine self-dependence. These disabilities can also have an impact on the social lives of seniors, as they can lead to a loss of self-esteem and confidence.

 

How to Manage Stress to Overcome Dyslexia and Dyscalculia?

Many health problems or disabilities, both physical and mental, are partly caused by stress. Proper stress management does not only help you overcome difficulties resulting from dyslexia and dyscalculia; it can also reduce their symptoms. One of the most effective ways to deal with stress is to consult a therapist. A good therapist can help you devise a stress management plan to avoid stress triggers and react properly to stress. Joining a support group is another great way to manage stress. In addition, you can start doing some activities that have been proven to be effective in alleviating stress, such as exercise, meditation, and yoga.

Living with dyslexia or dyscalculia as a senior can be stressful. However, you can still live a normal and happy life if you have the necessary discipline and commitment to overcome the challenges that come with the condition.

3 thoughts on “Stress Management Tips for Seniors with Dyslexia or Dyscalculia

  • March 31, 2019 at 1:01 pm
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    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! After significant research on the internet Yours is the first sight considering the effects on seniors. Having this regognition alone has erased a large portion of my stress.
    I’ve managed to function fairly successfully albit with constant anxiety, until I began having seizures. I was finally diagnosed with a temporal lobe seizures that were covert for decades. 5 years passed before Drs found evidence and put me on effective medication. During that time I felt my functionality deplete and daylexica and dsycalxia escalate.
    Re establishing my life and finding employment has been grulling as I expected it would be when I was finally well. Now that I have clarity of thought and functionality I’ve discovered my reading, writing and math skills are not bouncing back.
    Seems like I hit a wall when I’m writing anything about myself, resumes, which I know are challenging for everyone are impossible for me. Meltdowns are regular and I find tears streaming when facing the financial emergency of paying for that lost time let alone managing current financial responsibility.
    Stress is a companion I constantly try to manage, walking, with proper nutrition and meditation have all been incorporated to most of my days. I am cognizant of the positivity of my progressive plan with a determination that is stellar. Working extra hard and creatively is an advantage of my learning difference have been significant assets during my transition.
    Feeling alone and carrying this frustration has been lifted having this platform to blurt. Validation and information provide a relief and a hope that are gratefully appreciated! Wow!

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    • March 31, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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      Hi Faye,

      Thank you for such a touching story! I can’t tell you how much it means to us that the blog has had such a positive influence on your life : ) If you have any questions please do not hesitate in commenting we would be more than happy to help 🙂 You are an inspiration!

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    • June 16, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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      Hi. An additional resource- UCSF is doing a study on aging and dyslexia. They have a center dedicated to it.

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