Diminished capacity and poor quality of life among seniors should be treated with the same urgency as anxiety and depression among younger age groups. Experiencing mental and emotional issues isn’t an inevitable part of aging. Even after retirement, older adults have plenty of opportunities to create new and wonderful experiences.
Sadly, as many as one out of four seniors have a diagnosable mental illness, and 6% of the same group are depressed. More alarming, seniors over 85 have the highest suicides rates.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some of the troubles of older Americans and a few insights on what can be done to uplift their spirits and improve their lives:
Difficulty in Adapting to Change
Change in living arrangements, financial conditions, and lifestyle can be hard to deal with. The role of quality senior home health care services in Elkins Park is to make this transition easier for the elderly. A good service provider will connect patients with staff trained specifically for the needs of older adults.
This is the time that people start to lose friends, their spouses, and even children. Without the time and affection of loved ones and professional care, bereavement results in loneliness—even depression. Making the provision of support even more challenging, the symptoms often coincide with other signs of aging and illness, so the gravity of the problem is underappreciated. In 10% of the cases, bereavement is prolonged and complicated, which means the sufferer is unable to accept reality and is enveloped by a sense of hopeless and yearning.
Diminishing Physical and Mental Capabilities
Seniors are at risk of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, hearing loss, and cataracts. It’s estimated that 85% of older adults suffer from one chronic illness, which causes them physical pain and loss of mobility. Alzheimer’s disease alone affects close to 5 million Americans over the age of 65. This weakening physical condition makes the elderly dependent on caregivers. The resulting feeling of helplessness combined with physical pain and discomfort is a breeding ground for depression.
The elderly need not live unhappy lives. Support can be made available, the quality of specialized services can be improved, and more importantly, loved ones can provide more love and attention so that adults after retirement can be the best versions of themselves at any age.