According to aÂ study done by the CDC, it is estimated that 20% of people aged 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern. What should family members be aware of and what signs should they look for in the senior loved ones?
Shutting down. If your senior is not talking as much or withdrawing from activities they like, they may be focusing on their mental battles.
Decreased coherency. If your senior is unable to complete simple tasks or speak well, it may be due to bigger problem like dementia, or they have a lot to dela with mentally.
Mood swings. Lashing out or acting out of character may point to a mental health problem. Loneliness, anxiety or depression can cause unusual behaviors in seniors.
Diet changes. People eat less as they age, but if they are forgetting to eat or have no appetite at all that is a problem.
How can you help your loved one?
Get professional help. An expert will have the experience and skills to help your loved one, online or in person. The staff at The Beehive will have advice on local practitioners.
Spend time with your senior. Loneliness affects more that 40% of seniors. If you can't be with them in person, call or even send cards or letters. Spending time will also allow you to observe your loved and see if they are doing well mentally.
The staff at The Beehive will be able to help you and your senior.
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Forest Grove, OR 97116