Elderly Mental Health
The elderly often experience mental health issues and mental disorders. Some of the most common mental health issues and concerns are dementia, bi-polar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, delirium, Alzheimer's disease and more. An adult caring for elderly parents may not know that their parent has a mental health disorder. Read more about mental disorders effecting the elderly and learn how to care for an elderly with a mental disorder.
Articles About Elderly Mental Health
- 5 Helpful Caregiver Tips for a Loved One with Dementia
Memory loss, difficulty solving problems and confusion are a few of the signs that may indicate various types of cognitive impairment or a form of dementia. Our parents and grandparents cared for their families and this is when relatives and caregivers can begin helping them. Consulting their physician and being proactive with diet, rest and exercise are among the top areas in which they will need encouragement and assistance.
- Growing Muscles May Prevent Shrinking Brains for Seniors
Elders who exercise regularly have significantly less brain shrinkage than those with inactive lifestyles. Surprisingly, the same can not be said for seniors with dynamic social lives, or those who participated in mentally engaging activities.
- Geriatric Psychiatrists: How Can We Help You?
What is a geriatric psychiatrist and how can they help caregivers and seniors? Caring for older adults requires a special understanding of their physical, emotional and social needs.
- Depression May Elevate Stroke Risk in Older Women
Depression is not uncommon among the elderly. However, research suggests that this psychological disorder may increase the likelihood that an older woman will have a stroke.
- Judi Dench Takes Memory Supplements—Should You?
Judi Dench, legendary actress, recently admitted taking memory supplements to help remember her lines. What's in these pills? Are they safe?
- 4 Red Flags to Look for During Holiday Visits With Seniors
Your loved ones may be able to downplay changes in their health and abilities between visits, but holiday gatherings allow you to see firsthand how they’re faring. Know the signs of age-related decline and what steps you can take to address them.
- What questions should a caregiver ask when they go to the doctor with an elderly parent?
When taking your elderly mother to the doctor, make a list of questions to ask the physician.
- My mother with dementia is "my shadow." How do I get her to stop following me all day long?
If your parent is following you around the house all day, the dementia could be progressing, or they need more social interaction with other people.
- How “Role Reversal” or Other Catch Phrases Skew Your Thoughts
Even if you are "parenting your parent," you must remember that they are still your elders. This can be frustrating for both parties, but try to honor their role and yours as you shift into this role as caregiver.