Senior Mental Health
Advice, information and support for family caregivers who are either providing hands-on care or making long-term care decisions concerning an older adults mental health.
Healthy aging involves more than remaining disease free. Common mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and other mood disorders can have a negative impact on overall well-being for young and old alike. Mental health issues in older adults are not a normal part of aging. Moreso, these conditions are particulary impactful in the older population, because they often interfere with a senior's desire to seek treatment for other age-related issues. Although the CDC reports that over 20 percent of older adults experience mental health issues, the good news is mental health conditions are treatable.
To learn more about senior mental health, browse expert articles for information and resources as well as personal stories written by caregivers who share their own experience coping with mental health problems in the elderly. Find help and support in the caregiver forum from the shared wisdom of other caregivers. Whether you need answers to a specific question or just want to participate in discussions with those who understand, AgingCare can help you throughout the journey of caring for a senior with mental health issues.
Mental Health Articles
Understanding Mental Health Issues in Seniors
The diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in the elderly is challenging yet critical. Increasing awareness of the unique relationship between aging and psychiatric disorders is the first step toward improving mental health care for older adults.12 Comments
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, social, and mental health needs.57 Comments
Warning Signs of Depression in the Elderly
Depression is common in seniors but is not a normal part of aging. If you suspect an elderly loved one may be depressed, look for these symptoms.13 Comments
Anxiety, Hoarding and OCD in the Elderly
Anxiety can be a normal reaction to stress, but when a senior’s fears, worries and coping mechanisms negatively affect their daily activities, relationships and quality of life, it crosses over into a serious mental health condition.7 Comments
Physical and Mental Health Effects of Family Caregiving
Providing care for a senior can be very rewarding, but without a balanced care plan and regular respite, family caregivers risk developing serious mental and physical health problems of their own.12 Comments
Mental Health Questions
Hello new here. How do I cope/accept a mother? She always has something “wrong” with her, yet is not proactive in her own health.6 Answers
Is it common to grieve for your dead parent again when you’re in the process of selling their home?33 Answers
Is it wrong to hope someone dies?835 Answers
Does anyone else envy their friends whose parents are dead? All of those stupid “mom’s heavenly birthday” posts make me want to scream!32 Answers
Mental Health Discussions
What are you reading right now?733 Comments
General topics.4,156 Comments
On My Mind6,813 Comments
Jokes needed to lighten our day. Enter at your own risk!5,539 Comments