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How to Recognize Mental Health Problems in the Elderly

How to Recognize Mental Health Problems in the Elderly

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Is your senior loved one in a home care service? If so, it is important to watch out for and be able to recognize the signs of anxiety, depression, and other mental health illnesses. Anxiety and depression are unfortunately common among seniors, and they often go unnoticed. However, when left untreated, mental health issues can have a very serious impact on both a senior’s body and mind. Therefore, it is essential that you talk with your senior often about how they are feeling.

You will want to watch for several red flags that can help you to identify if your senior is having a hard time with their mental health. Be on the lookout for the signs below:

Loss of Appetite

Changes in a senior’s diet can give you great insight into their mental health state. Watch your senior’s eating habits and see if they are doing things like skipping meals or hardly eating anything at all.

Poor Personal Hygiene

Seniors can be neglectful of their own personal hygiene if they are struggling with their mental health. Take notice: Are they still performing basic tasks like brushing their teeth or making sure they have showered?

Withdrawal from Social Activity

Does your senior have a favorite hobby or interest? Keep an eye on them to see if they are still actively engaging in the things they like to do. If you notice them withdrawing from activities, friends, and family, this could be a sign.

Mood Changes

Those who experience a mental health issue are not expected to be sad or withdrawn all the time. Rather, you want to watch for signs of mood swings that occur quickly and often.

Worsening Sleeping Habits

It is normal for seniors to sleep more as they age, but you should still be wary if they are sleeping a bit too much. Likewise, you also want to be sure they are getting enough sleep and are not waking up multiple times at night.

Do you need additional help watching for signs of mental health issues in your senior loved one? If so, our caregivers here at Concierge Care are ready to help. Please reach out to us at any time for assistance or more details on our senior care services.

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