Mental Issues in the Elderly

Most Common Mental Issues in the Elderly

There are so many myths that elderly people deal with: from being low on energy and unable to do things for themselves, to being forgetful. And while this is not in any way a default that encompasses all elderly people, it still affects some of them. This is why talking openly about it, destigmatizing the discussion and providing information is crucial to make sure everyone gets the information and care they need to lead a healthy and happy life. So, let’s see what the most common mental issues with elderly people are and how to prevent or treat them.

 

Memory problemsMemory problems

Our brains are amazing things that function at high capacity throughout our lives. However, being so complex, they need constant work to keep them going. Simply, the parts of our brains that we work on and exercise will be better developed. After we end our schooling period, a lot of people don’t continue learning new things, which can be detrimental to our memory. If we aren’t practicing remembering new information and skills, we will also start forgetting the things that we once knew. Problems with memory can sometimes be mild and not impact our lives that much, but they can also be detrimental, since people can forget landmarks and people around them, making them feel disoriented, lost and isolated. Try to always keep learning new skills and bits of information, like new languages or playing new instruments to slow this process and ensure good memory for as long as possible.

Dementia

Dementia is actually not a disease on its own, but rather a name for a group of symptoms that impact a lot of elderly people. It’s important to remember that people with dementia can still lead happy lives and homes like Bellmere are miles away from traditional nursing homes that were used to. They focus on individual care and forming communities so that all residents can live happy lives with friends and all the individualized care they need. Early signs of dementia can be forgetfulness, disorientation, trouble communicating due to forgetting words or the meanings of words and mood swings. It’s important to remember that none of these symptoms alone define dementia, but you should talk to a specialist if you notice these symptoms in yourself or a loved one.

 

Depression and lonelinessDepression and loneliness

The elderly are the loneliest population in the world. As family ties become loose and you lose touch with friends, it’s very easy to become secluded and depressed. On top of that, if you contract an illness that prevents you from doing the activities you love, it can make the situation even worse. The best remedy for this is to keep strong social ties to your loved ones and make sure that you always feel like you have a purpose. Whether that purpose is grandkids or perhaps volunteering at an organization that you love and support, do your best to wake up every morning with the knowledge that you are needed and useful to this world. Even if you have an illness that requires you to have external help and you can’t do a much physical activity, you can still convey your knowledge, love, and care to those in need and feel like you are contributing.

While some people might feel like older age is the worst part of their lives, it’s actually the time when you have all the time in the world and you can do the things you always wanted. Yes, some diagnosis can make this difficult, but your life will be so much better once you are diagnosed and receive your therapy than if you keep the illness hidden. Keep your eyes open to notice the early symptoms of these diseases in your loved ones in yourself and work on prevention.

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