The world population is aging rapidly. And while we are aware of the physical changes that take place as people get old, it is important to focus on mental health as well.
When it comes to Elders, especially those over the age of 60, mental health is not spoken about much. Whereas it is even more important during this age as the human body faces several transitions. Mental health should go hand in hand with physical health.
Older people are too proud to come and communicate about their mental health conditions. At times they don’t even realise they are facing these complications. For most of our older generation, mental disorders don’t classify as health issues. This is a grave mistake; overlooking mental health over time negatively affects everything around you.
When elders don’t communicate about these issues, it becomes hard to take countermeasures. However, there are certain changes that we can notice in their lifestyle that can suggest if they are facing mental health issues.
1. Social withdrawal
Social withdrawal is one of the classic signs we can see. Elders may reserve themselves from various social activities. The cut down on the social activities, such as gathering or meetups. They begin to isolate themselves and reduce interaction with members of the family or friends.
2. Memory issues
Poor memory is a part of the aging process and can be dangerous if neglected. Apart from physical problems, this can result from underlying mental health issues that make it hard for elders to focus and remember things. Signs of memory loss can be, misplacing things, forget people, and repeatedly asking the same questions.
3. Depressive state
Depression is the most prevalent mental disorder in elders. It can be noticed with the general change in behavior of the person. It needs to be understood that depression isn’t part of aging, where elders start isolating themselves.
4. Fluctuations in weight
Mental health directly affects your physical state. Mental state can lead elders to become forgetful about simple things. This also includes consuming a proportionate healthy diet. Overeating and undereating can result in weight fluctuations.
5. Anxiety disorders
Anxiety disorder, along with depression, is one of the most common mental health issues we can see in senior adults. The change in behavior, particularly when reacting to certain things can be unusual. For example, a person usually known to handle situations calmly gets agitated easily and can be seen visibly panicking.
Also read: 5 ways to keep seniors mentally stimulated