By Karen Best Wright, B.S., M.A., CHES
Certified Health Education Specialist
I was reading an article on the Internet the other day about the most stressful life experiences for seniors over 60. The first of course would be the death of a spouse. The next two were divorce and marital separation. There were several life changes listed on the Social Readjustment Rating Scale: An inventory of common stressors
However this rating scale did not seem to me to be geared toward those seniors over 60. For example "pregnancy" was on the list along with "beginning and ending school." What was very obvious to me was that out of over 40 experiences, becoming responsible for grandchildren was not on the list, yet change in schools was.
I would like to see a different social readjustment scale for seniors that focuses on ONLY senior age appropriate topics, including being a full-time care giver for grandchildren or a spouse.
I think the full-time caregiver responsibilities would rank rather on on the scale of readjustment difficulties.
What do you think?