Senior Mental Health Articles

  • Caregivers Need Supportive Social Networks

    One of the best forms of "help" a caregiver can ask for is basic moral support. Knowing that someone acknowledges and understands their hard work can be the difference between success and total burnout. A social network is a must for family caregivers.

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  • How to Identify and Minimize Caregiver Burden

    As a caregiver, do you know how stressed out you truly are? Answer a few questions to determine your level of caregiver burnout and see what resources can help reduce the strain of caring for an aging loved one.

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  • Humor Shared Among Caregivers is Therapeutic

    Caregivers cope with stress and difficult decisions on a daily basis. Humor shared among caregivers will not only lift your spirits, it will also bring proven health benefits.

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  • When a Serious Diagnosis Causes a Senior to Consider Suicide

    Receiving the news of a serious diagnosis like cancer or dementia may cause a senior to consider suicide, but caregiver intervention and the development of productive coping techniques can help.

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  • 6 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

    The nature of providing care for an elderly loved one can sometimes become too much, leading to exhaustion, stress, and eventual burnout. Be on the lookout for the common signs of caregiver burnout.

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  • The Lighter Side of Caregiving: Appreciate the Humor

    Elderly people do funny things sometimes. Instead of feeling guilty about laughing, keep in mind that a good chuckle can bring you and your loved one closer and add some levity to caregiving.

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  • Caregiver Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety, Stress & Worry

    Stress is normal for caregivers. But constant worrying, unrelenting doubts and pre-occupation with worst-case scenarios can be unproductive and even paralyzing. Recognize the triggers of anxiety, stop worrying and reduce stress in daily life.

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  • Anxiety, OCD and Hoarding in Older Adults

    Anxiety disorders common among the elderly include general anxiety, hoarding and obsessive compulsive disorder. Anxiety can be a normal reaction to stress, but when it negatively impacts daily life, its crosses over into a serious medical disorder.

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  • Detaching With Love: Setting Boundaries in Toxic Relationships

    Caring for a loved one who is critical, abusive or impossible to please can be damaging to your health and well-being. Learn to set personal boundaries to provide care in a safe and sane manner.

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  • 11 Ways to Stop Caregiver-Related Depression

    Caregivers' risk for experiencing depression is 30 times greater than that of non-caregivers. Use these tools to combat depression and find a treatment plan that is right for you.

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  • Strategies for Coping with Caregiver Stress

    The demands on a person caring for elderly parents or an aging spouse can result in a great deal of stress. Learn to recognize the signs of caregiver stress and discover coping strategies for controlling stress while caring for a loved one.

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  • Grief & Bereavement Top Tips: Prioritizing Self-Care After a Loved One Passes Away

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for taking care of yourself throughout the grieving process.

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  • Understanding Mental Health Issues in Seniors

    In seniors, it can be challenging for doctors to distinguish the symptoms of new or worsening mental illness from medication interactions or conditions like dementia.

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  • There Is No Pain with Dementia

    Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are unlike any other conditions. Instead of straightforward symptoms like physical pain, the discomfort that patients experience is mental and emotional.

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  • Does Your Zodiac Sign Affect Your Caregiving Style?

    Use your zodiac sign to see how you handle caregiving and what kinds of characteristics may make your responsibilities easier or harder to handle. Read articles on providing care that have been selected specifically for your astrological sign.

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  • Light Therapy for Caregivers and Dementia Patients

    Both caregivers and their loved ones can benefit from daily light therapy. This natural treatment can help regulate wake/sleep patterns, stabilize moods, and minimize the symptoms of sundown syndrome.

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  • A Self-Help Approach to Coping with Caregiver Stress

    It is easy to get caught up in caring for others and forget to take care of yourself. However, staying healthy mentally and physically directly affects the quality of care and interaction that you are able to provide for others.

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  • The Power of Human Touch

    It is becoming increasingly difficult for humans to establish personal, physical connections in this digital age. However, showing affection through touch is vital to expressing our feelings for those we love--especially the elderly, ill and disabled.

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  • We Are What We Think We Are… or How to Avoid Aging

    Positive thinking and careful framing are powerful tools that can help individuals live the healthy and happy lives that they desire. Learn how to focus on the good and avoid getting caught in a negative rut that can affect your health and how you age.

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  • The Importance of Staying Mentally Strong

    Just as we must work to stay physically fit, we must also work to keep our minds in shape. “Leave the bad weather behind” and avoid pessimism to develop a healthier outlook on life..

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