540 The Rialto
  Venice, FL 34285
  941-483-7777 | 1-800-266-8359


HVV LifeLine
gives you the confidence to live independently in the comfort of your home, because help is available at the touch of a button. Hospital Volunteers of Venice, in collaboration with Philips LifeLine provide peace of mind to you and your loved ones 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Coping With Health and Aging Stressors for Seniors


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Coping With Health and Aging Stressors for Seniors

Stress affects us at all stages of life. As you age, however, your body’s ability to cope with stress changes. According to research from Harvard, your body actually responds differently to stressors because aging cells aren’t as well-equipped to deal with stress hormones. On top of that, different factors are likely to cause stress in your life as you get older as well. Below, learn more about stressors you may face and find out what methods you can use to cope better.

Changes in Relationships

Losing a spouse, friend or loved one is a major source of stress that can affect your emotional and physical health. It can be extremely difficult to move past a significant loss, but there are many ways to seek help if you need support.


ClearCare suggests that it may be beneficial to join a support group and focus on activities that you enjoy. It is sometimes the natural response to withdraw during times of grief, but staying connected to your community and favorite hobbies can be highly beneficial in helping you work through difficult times.

Health Concerns

Any number of health problems can affect your daily life, but there are a few concerns that commonly get ignored instead of being addressed. According to Better Health While Aging, issues such as falls, pain, depression and memory issues are often written off as just part of getting older. However, there are practical ways to work on many of these issues to improve your quality of life.


Eating a healthy diet and getting exercise are also important. In many cases, it’s hard to keep up with both of these habits, but it’s just as important now as ever. It’s sometimes easy to forget how good it feels to eat right. Kindred’s tips for healthy eating, including eating a variety of vegetables and reducing sodium intake, can help you feel better on a daily basis.


Engaging in regular exercise can also do wonders not just for your physical health, but your mental wellbeing as well. Exercises like swimming, yoga, and Tai Chi are a few options you might try, but it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting a new routine.

Feeling Independent at Home

Most older adults love the idea of staying at home as long as possible, a concept sometimes referred to as aging in place. Being independent at home is sometimes a challenge, but there are many ways to keep your home safe as you age. For example, installing a basic home alarm system, which costs $300 on average, can make you feel more secure in your daily activities.


There are also a variety of home modifications you can make to keep your home accessible. The bathroom, for example, is one area of the home where many seniors no longer feel confident being alone. For that reason, a bathroom remodel can make a huge difference in your quality of life. In North Port, a typical remodeling job will cost between $5,600 and $20,750.


Keep in mind that there are many ways to make accessible features look modern. With the right design, remodeling the bathroom to be more accessible can even increase the value of your home down the road.

Long-Term Care

Once you start using Medicare for your health insurance coverage, it is important to understand what is and isn’t covered by your plan. In most cases, you will find that long-term care, such as a retirement home or assisted living facility, is not actually included in your Medicare coverage.


If you are eligible for Medicaid as well, you may find that some long-term care benefits are provided, but this ultimately depends on your state and financial situation. Understanding the optional and mandatory Medicaid coverages is crucial so you can plan ahead appropriately. It can be extremely expensive to pay for long-term care out-of-pocket. To help cover the cost, you may consider applying for long-term care insurance as well.


Unfortunately, stress is unavoidable and everyone has to face it at some point. Preparing for hurdles such as the cost of health care, independence issues and relationship changes will help you meet each challenge successfully. Stress might affect us differently at each stage of life, but there are always ways to cope and find comfort.


HVV Lifeline is a medical alert, sometimes called a medical alarm, sometimes called a personal emergency response service. In the event of a fall or emergency, help is available at the touch of a button. The Lifeline Personal Help Button connects you to a trained personal response associate. The Associate will make voice contact, review the individual's personal and medical file, access the situation and send the help to meet your needs. Follow up will ensure the help you needed arrived. Then the associate will notify your family and doctor(s) that you designated when you signed up.

Lifeline, the leading medical alert servce, has helped over 6 million seniors and their familys through the years, currently enabling over 760,000 customers to live with greater independence and dignity in the comfort of their own home. Lifelines committment to quality service has made them an industry leader. Lifeline is trusted and recommended by hospitals, doctors and professional caregivers. Lifeline has been in business for over 30 years. Lifeline offers multiple languages. Lifeline conducts monthly tests. HVV Lifeline offers free local service and free installations. HVV Lifeline donates back to their local community. Lifeline is simple, easy and won't interfere with your daily activities. Let Lifeline be there for a family member or loved one when you can't!
The Lifeline service was introduced into the community by Venice Hospital in 1988. In 1992, the Hospital Aux Volunteers at Venice Hospital took over the operation of the Lifeline service.
Currently the local office is staffed by a paid manager and supported by volunteer installers and office support

  • Falls are one of the most serious health risks among seniors over the age of 65, affecting more people than stroke and heart attacks combined
  • Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury in those people 65 and over
  • 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls. 40% of those hospitalized for hip fracture do not return to independent living and 20% will die within a year
  • More than half (55%) of all falls by seniors take place in the home. An additional 23% occur outside but near the house. Lifeline can intervene in close to 80% of all falls
  • Most falls go unreported, but it is expected that 35-40% of people over the age of 65 fall each year
  • Those who fall are 2-3 times more likely to fall again
  • Many chronic medical conditions place millions more seniors at risk. Cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, diminished hearing and eyesight, and Parkinsons all leave seniors vulnerable to helplessness at home

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Program Code FL060
Hospital Volunteers of Venice 
540 The Rialto Venice, FL 34285
941-483-7777 | 1-800-266-8359

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  • Continue living in the comfort of your own home
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  • Increased peace of mind for you and your family