Mental Health for Seniors
Though there is no official definition of what mental health actually constitutes, there are some known mental disorders that may affect senior citizens.
- Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder typically occurring in people over the age of 65. Currently, around 5 million Americans are suffering from this disease. Alzheimer’s disease gradually destroys brain cells and people suffering from this disease are characterized by memory loss and behavioral disorders. There is no permanent cure for the disease but treatment mainly involves containing its progression and creating an atmosphere of loving support around the person affected.For more information on Alzheimer’s disease, stages in Alzheimer’s disease, causes of Alzheimer’s disease and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, please go through these subsections under the section “Mental and Emotional Health”
- Dementia usually affects the older population and is a gradual brain dysfunction. Alzheimer’s is known as a type of dementia. Long term care is essential for patients with dementia as it affects their daily functioning.
- Anxiety disorder is defined as “persistent or irrational fear” which is usually accompanied by hypertension, sweating, palpitations and headache. The prevalence of anxiety disorder over the age of 55 is pegged at 11.4 %.For more information on anxiety, symptoms of anxiety disorder, types of anxiety disorder, causes of anxiety and treatment of anxiety, please visit these subsections under the section “Mental and Emotional Health” .
- Depression in old age may lead to disturbance in sleep patterns, weight loss and mood variations. 15% of the general population over the age of 65 suffers from some form of depression.