Senior Mental Health Articles

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Constantly Feeling Mad, Guilty? Overcoming Negative Emotions while Caregiving

    The negative language surrounding caregiving often traps caregivers into an endless mental loop of anger, guilt and sadness. Practice this technique to let go of judgment and readjust your mindset.

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  • Treating Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Needs at the End of Life

    Many people associate end-of-life care with treating physical pain and discomfort. While that is an important part, complete end-of-life care also includes helping the dying person manage mental and emotional distress.

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  • LOL: Reduce Caregiver Stress with a Good Laugh

    Caregivers desperately need to decompress and lift their spirits. One way to go about meeting these needs is to teach yourself how to laugh despite the everyday challenges of caring for an aging loved one.

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  • Go Ahead, Have a Good Cry: 5 Reasons Why It's Good for You

    While it is often seen as a sign of weakness, crying is a natural way of reducing emotional stress that, if left unchecked, can negatively affect one’s physical and mental health.

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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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  • Depression Among the Elderly: Warning Signs Can be Easy to Miss

    Many people think that sadness, negativity, and a general emotional downturn is part of the aging process, but this isn't true. If your loved one is feeling down, it is important to recognize the signs of depression and know that help is available.

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  • Fear of Falling May Cause Depression in Older Adults

    A fear of falling can cause seniors to become anxious, withdrawn, and depressed. With some fall prevention efforts, a caregiver and senior can work together to more comfortably continue outside activities.

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  • Isolation and Loneliness in Caregiving

    Loneliness and caregiving often go hand-in-hand. In addition to exacting an extreme emotional toll, loneliness can carry dangerous consequences. Take these steps to feel more connected while caregiving.

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  • Not Everyone Is Cut Out To Be a Caregiver

    Not everyone is cut out to be a caregiver for an elderly family member. Learn why it's okay to say 'no' to taking on the role of family caregiver.

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  • A Recommended Reading List for Caregivers

    If you're looking for a new perspective on aging, tips for communicating with elders, advice on setting boundaries or valuable insights on dementia care, pick up one of these acclaimed books.

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  • What Nurses Wish Caregivers Knew

    More than any other medical professional, nurses spend the most time providing hands-on patient care. Here’s a list of six insights on elder care that nurses wish family caregivers knew.

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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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  • In Caregiving, Anxiety Can Be Contagious

    Caregivers often live with high anxiety, which can be transferred to the person being cared for. Try these steps to help alleviate stress and unravel the knot of anxiety.

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  • Thoughts Caregivers are Reluctant to Admit, Even to Themselves

    The longer you spend caring for an ill or aging spouse, the more likely you are to experience emotions and thoughts that you're reluctant to admit, even to yourself.

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  • Why Helping Other Caregivers May Make You Happier

    Participation in support groups and forums can be a good way for caregivers to reap the benefits of another kind of service-induced euphoria: the helper therapy principle. Both the helpers and the helped can benefit from caregiver support groups.

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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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  • What to Say When a Senior Says, “I Just Want to Die.”

    It's shocking and hurtful for a care provider to hear a senior claim they would rather be dead. When a senior states "I want to die" it may be a sign of depression, or it could be an indicator that they just want to talk about the emotional toll of aging.

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