Elderly Mental Health Best Practices
| Mental health can be described as the psychological status of a person that helps him to provide intellectual contributions to functions of daily living regardless of his physical health. Mental health mostly gets destabilized when a person enters his old age.
According to research, humans lose some cognitive functions during the process of aging. However, there are certain mental health problems such as dementia, depression and Alzheimer’s disease that can be prevented if they are properly taken care of.
Almost 13 percent of the U.S. population constitutes of elderly people. It is estimated that 18 to 25 percent of these elderly need mental health care for problems such as depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and other psychosomatic disorders. Apart from treating the individual, community-based programs should be initiated to create public awareness regarding mental health problems, their implications and treatment procedures.More...
Psychosocial Factors And Elderly Mental And Health Treatment
Many elderly people want to live in communities where they are safe and they can be close to their friends and family. However, these same elderly want their independence as long as possible.
When it comes to elderly mental health, many psychosocial factors come into play. One of the leading causes of elderly mental health problems is loneliness and depression. Other factors that wreak havoc with elderly mental health are Alzheimer's disease and strokes. However, majority of the elderly people have some mental problems because depression, alcoholism, anxiety, and phobia, which keep increasing as the person ages. More...
Elderly Parent With Delusions
An elderly parent with delusions is not easy to manage. Usually the delusions are caused by dementia. The delusions can be of two types: the first type is harmless wherein the elderly parent might think he is at home when in fact he is in the office, and the second type is paranoid delusion where he might think that someone is trying to rob his money or kill him.
When managing an elderly parent with delusions, you should be prepared for things to change from day to day. Remember if you suddenly have an elderly parent with delusions, there might be some underlying problems. Sudden onset of delusions could be a urinary tract infection or a blood clot. In which case, you should take your parent to see a doctor, who will be able to advice whether the delusion is permanent or temporary. More...
Preventing Elderly Depression
Depression is not a compulsory element of the aging process. However, sudden and unexpected events like the death of a spouse, deterioration in one’s health condition, an intense feeling of isolation and insecurity, difficulty in adjusting to unfamiliar situations in life or retirement from work can lead an elder person to suffer from depression, especially if the person lacks a strong support system. Depression is known to increase the risk of illness, death, and suicidal tendency among the elderly. More...