Understanding Mental Health Issues in Seniors
The diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in the elderly is challenging yet critical. Increasing awareness of the unique relationship between aging and psychiatric disorders helps us work toward improving mental health for older adults.
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.
10 Ways to Prevent Caregiver Depression
Family caregivers report much higher levels of stress and depression compared to non-caregivers, but caregiving and depression don’t have to be a package deal. Use these tools to combat low mood and find treatment options that are right for you.
Tired of Living: What to Do When an Elderly Person Wants to Die
It’s shocking for a caregiver to hear a loved one state they would rather be dead. When an elder speaks about wanting to die, it may be a sign of depression, or it could indicate that they just want to talk about the physical and emotional toll of aging.
Q: How do I prepare to face the loss of my husband? He was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
I am sometimes acutely aware of our time together passing by. And other times I ignore it, and just live our normal lives. But how do I prepare myself? I am afraid I will completely fall apart. He is my rock. And now I am his.
Q: How to get reimbursement for dad’s care without running afoul of Medicaid?
We have spent a ton to keep Dad in my brother’s home since a fall. How can he reimburse us without causing Medicaid ineligibility if he needs care in nursing home down the road?
Q: I am new to all this… caring for my mom after 3 months in the nursing home. Is it wrong to want to give up after only 2 full days?
Answer: You’re taking this all on alone. Recognition of reality is not failure. A noble heart and willing spirit is not always enough.
Q: How do I handle a tantrum in an adult with dementia?
I can’t send him to his room or deny him privileges! He has carried on for up to half an hour on several occasions, about things he doesn’t like. It’s the same issues over and over.