Aging is that the physical and psychological changes that occur in
midlife into maturity. Aging is related to various changes like
physiological, environmental, psychological, and behavioral and health
problems. The study on the mental, emotional, and physical problems
faced by elderly individuals is thought of as Geriatric Psychology.
The physical problems faced by elderly people are addressed but the mental and emotional problems are usually neglected. As the physical
problems in elderly people increase, they tend to be more dependent on
others and the lack of independence caused can have a heavy effect
on elderly people resulting in various mental health disorders.
Chronic illness or being bedridden may also harm their mental state. Old age comes with physical problems that directly influence the cognitive functions affecting their thoughts, memories, and changes in behavior. A number of common diseases caused to elderly people are Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia also called Neurodegeneration
As we age, the memories begin to fade and therefore the ability to
remember those memories become difficult. Mental state conditions
like chronic depression is usually neglected which may complicate an
elderly adult’s both physical and psychological state triggering new
concerns. The chance of experiencing depression and anxiety increases
with aging because of not capable to cope up with physical health
problems, managing conflicts with members of the family, grieving the
death of loved ones, loss of social circle, and feeling of helplessness.
Change of behavior is common with aging in the elderly but if you find this change weird or not normal and frequent mood swings than it’s time to taking professional help for your loving elders. PSYCHOWELLNESS CENTER (Founder Dr. R.K. Suri) is the right place for proper behavioral and mental diagnosis of your loved one’s. Along with professionals, they have various activities for elders which can be beneficial to cope with the challenges they are facing.
Depression can result in loss of appetite, changes in eating habits
resulting in obesity, low energy, insomnia, and blackout. Other diseases
like Alzheimer’s and Dementia have different symptoms. Alzheimer’s
may be a gradual loss of memory, inability to perform daily tasks, loss
of language skills, impaired judgment, and changes in personality. This
disease can last from 3 to twenty years after the onset of the symptoms.
Dementia also causes changes in behaviors like the repetition of
identical questions, being restless, night walking, and loss of self-confidence. In an elderly person, signs of depression are tricky to acknowledge and typically dismissed by addressing it as crankiness and grumpiness.
Certain symptoms like confusion or attention-seeking caused because
of depression may seem like other brain disorders like Alzheimer’s.
Medicines of high blood pressure or heart diseases may cause changes in
mood and depression in older people. However, elderly people experiencing mental health problems like depression, anxiety, the sensation of frustration or grief should be counseled by professionals. This could help them feel better by planning physical activity, and proper dietary plans. The psychologist can also do family therapies to assist adjust better with changes in old age, crafting positive approaches in coping with issues.
Don’t let your elderly loves suffer alone when you have the right help available for them at TALKTOANGEL (online consultation) and PSYCHOWELLNESS CENTER (At the clinic consultation)