Many risk factors could contribute to mental health problems for elderly seniors. For example, feelings of loneliness and being exposed to stressful situations could have a negative impact on a senior’s mental health. If you’ve noticed behavioral changes in your elderly loved one, here are three warning signs that could indicate a mental health issue.
1. Socially Withdrawn
Social interaction is critical to mental health. When your elderly loved one withdraws from the social activities that they once used to enjoy, this could be a warning sign that their mental health could be declining. Besides not participating in social activities, they may also display the following behaviors if they are socially withdrawn:
- Feeling uncomfortable around other people
- Easily irritated
- Feeling fatigued
2. Loss of Appetite
If your elderly senior typically has a good appetite, but is suddenly picky or refusing to eat, it could mean they may have a physical sickness. However, if prolonged and consistent, it may indicate a mental health problem. If your elderly loved one has been sad, anxious, or stressed, contact their doctor for help with a diagnosis and proper treatment.
3. Trouble Concentrating
From time to time, trouble with concentration could be normal. However, when it’s persistent and gets in the way of essential everyday functions, it could be pointing to a mental health problem. Trouble concentrating is also a warning sign of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It may also be a result of taking certain medications. Talk to your loved one’s doctor to pinpoint the exact problem.
If you are concerned about your elderly loved one’s health and mental well-being, and you have noticed significant changes in their behavior. Contact their doctor as soon as possible for an examination and to determine the cause as well as treatment.
Contact an Assisted Living Community
Some seniors can find it challenging to stay mentally healthy. The Arbors Assisted Living is a community that fosters healthy habits, and we encourage our residents to participate in social activities that can improve overall mental health. For other useful tips and information about senior health and wellness, visit our blog!
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