Aside from physical health issues, our loved ones may also suffer from emotional issues. Emotional issues such as depression coupled with their deteriorating physical health have the potential to drastically reduce their quality of life. It’s important to diagnose and treat these emotional issues if present. Here are common emotional issues in seniors.
Sadness Over Loss of Independence
It’s common for your loved ones to experience sadness due to the loss of their independence. This usually occurs because of having to give up their home and move into an assisted living community. Mobility loss and previous health issues that limit your loved ones from conducting daily activities can also contribute to the loss of independence that they may feel. However, it’s possible to alleviate their sadness by providing them with a professional caregiver.
Most of the time, cognitive deficiencies can cause our loved ones to feel emotional. This includes feelings of depression, agitation, and anxiety, which can all be exacerbated by the decline in cognitive performance. If your loved ones are experiencing emotional discomfort because of cognitive decline, you should make an appointment with their physician. A physical and psychological assessment will be performed by the doctor who may send your loved ones to a mental health professional if necessary.
If your loved one is suffering from dementia, it’s important to give the experts a call as dementia can be difficult for our elderly loved ones to manage.
Loneliness and Isolation
Loneliness and social isolation can be caused by the death of a spouse or the difficulty in leaving the house due to limited mobility or other health problems. You can help your loved ones to deal with these challenges by organizing social gatherings or inviting them to accompany you on an outing. It’s not necessary to organize an expensive or planned meticulously, it could be a simple trip to the shopping mall or park where you can introduce them to new places and people. By doing this, your loved ones may feel less lonely and isolated as they are out more regularly.
If it happens that your loved ones are unable to leave the house, you should try to get them a pet to keep them company as they can give them a sense of purpose.
Fear of the Unknown
Your loved ones who suffer from chronic illnesses or substantial pain may be especially fearful of the unknown. You should schedule an appointment with their doctor if you noticed them appearing fearful or worried about the future. They may be a good candidate for cognitive behavioral therapy that could help them feel better. If therapy fails, the physician may prescribe antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication. It’s crucial to know that long-term use of these medications can cause serious adverse effects on your loved ones such as disorientation and lethargy.
Enjoy Independent Living at Discovery Commons At College Park
If your loved ones require extra assistance with their daily tasks but want to experience living independently, they can do so through our Independent Living option. At Discovery Commons At College Park, they can expect meal preparations, fun activities, and resident-focused exercises. With our resort-style amenities and exclusive senior living programs, your loved ones can be guaranteed a fruitful and rich lifestyle. To find out more, contact us today!