Mental Health & Its Effect on Seniors

July 1, 2019

Mental health can be just as important as physical health. In fact, certain mental health conditions, if left untreated, could even slow the healing of physical ailments and conditions too. So, it’s crucial to stay informed and know the symptoms of someone living with a mental health condition—especially our older generations.

Why is senior mental health awareness so important?

Older adults experience many losses as they age. Some experience loss in critical senses (e.g., sight, hearing, ability to walk) while others may experience a decline in mental function like dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc. However, suffering from a mental health condition (like anxiety or depression) is not a normal part of the aging process. And if you or someone you love suffers from it, they may need professional help.

What are the symptoms of a mental health condition for seniors?

If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, please seek help from a mental health professional.

What are some common misconceptions with mental health for seniors?

How can I help myself or a loved one suffering from a mental health condition?

As one can imagine, every person handles their mental health condition differently. Older people, with changing hormones and body chemistry, experience it differently than a younger person. If you are noticing these signs, reach out to them and check in.

Encourage them to speak about what’s bothering them and ask if they would like to talk to someone about it. Sometimes helping solve even the most basic of problems, like an issue with transportation, can lower stress and the intensity of symptoms.

What services does Culbertson provide for mental health treatment?

Culbertson Clinics provide help for those suffering from a mental health condition. If you have questions on how to help yourself or a loved one, contact the expert staff at Culbertson Healthcare Providers for more information!