Join us in celebration of World Mental Health Day on October 10th. Every year, we use this event to promote mental health awareness for older adults.
What Is Mental Health?
Mental health describes how well you can regulate your behavior and feelings. As you age, mental faculties decline. This can lead to significant impairment of mental health, resulting in negative changes in behavior, feelings, or thoughts.
The five dimensions include your social, spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual condition. They all impact your mental health and vice versa.
Mental Health Challenges for Older Adults
Older adults face more significant risks of mental disorders such as the following:
- Depression-Older adults may need care and attention, such as assisted living or home care, which decreases their independence. They may also face more physical and emotional challenges as they grow older. Unfortunately, some older adults deal with these changes better than others.
- Anxiety disorders-Your loved one may face anxiety that doesn’t go away on its own. Chronic feelings of anxiety require treatment to protect your mental and physical well-being.
- Dementia-As we age, the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia grows.
- Bipolar disorder-Sudden changes in mood and behavior may mark the beginning of a bipolar disorder.
Because of changing brain chemistry and physical wellness, older adults face a spectrum of mental health challenges. Fortunately, events like World Mental Health Day can increase awareness, understanding, and patience in those dealing with older adults.
Symptoms of Mental Illness
Symptoms of mental illness among older adults include sadness that lasts over two weeks. Additionally, if you or your loved one constantly worry about money, health, and other problems, you could develop an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Loss of memory, confusion, and increased use of drugs or alcohol may also indicate mental illness.
Misdiagnosis and Lack of Mental Health Awareness
Many older people who do seek counseling often receive the wrong diagnosis. Getting the wrong diagnosis can prevent you from getting the care you need.
At Wickshire Senior Living, we recognize World Mental Health Day and use it to educate clients and their families. You may feel that your loved one hasn’t received the right diagnosis for their mental health issues.
Assisted Living Care at Wickshire Senior Living
Wickshire Senior Living offers various programs to help older adults maintain their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Assisted living provides help with the activities of daily living, such as personal grooming, medication management, bathing, and eating. However, those who are still well enough to remain at home may choose home health care. From home health to hospice care, we do our best to provide a continuum of care for clients as they age.
Get Mental Health Care at Wickshire Senior Living
Celebrate World Mental Health Day on October 10th by carefully monitoring the mental and physical well-being of your loved one. Then, consider whether living at Wickshire Senior Living can provide the stimulation, counseling, and assistance needed to make the most of their golden years. Our knowledgeable staff has the patience and training needed to care for older adults at home or in one of our communities.