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Dealing With A Senior’s Mental Health

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Every senior citizen out there is technically a war veteran. No, it is not just because some of them may have actually fought in wars but because they, like everyone else out there, have fought the kinds of battles no one may have really known about. They have fought the daily battles of surviving, loving, leaving, and growing. However, along with their physical and mental growth, their successes, and a whole lot of failures, they have witnessed death, suffering, traumas, and mental torture. Having reached their age is both a blessing and a curse for them. Living will not be as easy, and that is when they will need companionship the most. The rest of their immediate family may have gone, leaving them with the occasional visits from a distant relative, or grandchildren who may even forget to do so sometimes.

A 2014 statistics shows that there are about 45 deaths for every 100,000 Americans and that number continues to rise up to this day. One of the leading causes of these deaths is depression. As said earlier, the feeling of isolation they get from being left alone creates a kind of domino effect for the rest of the causes. Help is not as readily available for these kinds of mental diseases, as much as we would like, and that is because community agencies only cater to those who are ‘below the average’ of the number of suicidal seniors. Diagnosing on your own may be quite tricky, however, you can look out for these signs and symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of interaction
  • Withdrawal
  • Refuses to take care of themselves in terms of grooming, eating, etc.
  • Physical immobility
  • Lack of interest in anything
  • Feeling hopeless or worthless
  • May blatantly express suicidal intent

The signs and symptoms listed above may be quite hard to catch the first time. Some of these may just be a consequence of aging, especially the lack of physical mobility. At their age, they are weak and will need assistance more often than not. But, it is when you are able to spend time with your seniors will you only able to tell what is really going on with them. Allow them to talk to you, ask them how they are feeling, ask about things that made them happy back in their day. It is good to let them feel like there is still someone out there who cares for them and that they are not a burden to society and to their (remaining) family, as Geriatric Depression may be caused by the following:

  • Isolation
  • Lack of mobility
  • Medical conditions
  • Financial difficulties
  • Deaths of loved ones
  • Work To Retirement Transition

These are just some of the causes, and one may lead to the other at some point in their lives. It will help them immensely if there would be someone who can keep the sadness at bay; it may be a friend, a companion, or an extended family if you must. You can help them by doing the following:

  • Increase their physical activity
  • Help them get a new hobby
  • Include them in whatever you are currently occupied with
  • Engage in weekly get-togethers with families or friends
  • Eating well-balanced meals
  • Make sure they get a lot of sleep
  • Get them to play with kids (or bring your own kids!)

Small lifestyle changes can affect the rest of their lives greatly. It is when they feel like they have found purpose or meaning again, will they want to get up and live a happier retirement. Help them get their mind off things that had previously gotten them morose. What really matters for them at their age are their family and the companionship that surrounds them. They just want to feel loved, and taken care of, and to find a sense of meaning and peace that comes with spending time with people that mean a lot to them.

And though admittedly some family members may not always be there for them, we could be. It would be tricky at first, as far as patient-caregiver relationships go, but our trained caregivers at Rocky Hill Adult Day Center & In-Home Care, are sure to be the kind of company you may want your elders to keep. We offer Home Care and Companionship for Seniors in Rocky Hill, CT, and our wide array of in-home care services can guarantee your elders retirement at its best. We are committed to helping them preserve their independence while making sure that their health and wellness are intact, no matter the kinds of medical conditions they may be undergoing. Our Companionship includes a lot of leisurely activities such as reading with or to them, writing letters, arranging recipes and meals, taking walks outdoors, crafts and games, outings, and a whole lot more. Getting your senior loved one quality company while ensuring their mental health and security could be the best thing you have ever done for the one who loved your first.

You may visit www.rockyhillhomecare.com or call 860-372-4656 to learn more about us, and how we could help you help your loved one live to their fullest.

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