With individuals living longer, the interest in the relationship between aging and mental health is growing. Because, of course, we all want to have the best possible health, both physical and mental, as we get older.
Mental health is an essential ingredient to good health and wellbeing. To maintain good mental health, it is important to think about seeking help when you need it for prevention, early diagnosis of issues, and prioritizing a high quality of life.
Dementia and Intellectual Deterioration
As people live longer, it is possible that they will face Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia or decreased intellectual ability. These often can have an impact on a person’s emotional health, such as episodes of depression or anxiety. Often, these mental health issues go untreated because older adults believe the symptoms are connected to another life issue, such as the loss of a spouse or friends.
But there is hope, early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, for example, is becoming more possible due to medical advances. Early recognition can help the individual, and their family, begin to make plans for the family’s future. Talking through these adjustments with a counselor can lead to healing.
Coping with Chronic Illness, Aging, and Mental Health
Physical issues can lead to mental health issues for some individuals, too. More than 70 million Americans over 50 years old suffer from a chronic condition, including arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, back problems, and more.
The psychological impact of chronic issues can lead to mental health issues. It can be a factor in an older adult experiencing anxiety, depression, panic, and stress.
There are paths to successful aging. Talk to a counselor to improve your life and discover which life adjustment is the best fit for you. Sometimes, modifications to your daily life can make a big impact. For example, talking through your problems, developing a physical exercise schedule, and learning to practice mindfulness can do wonders in improving an individual’s quality of life.
Once an older adult feels better, it is easier to socialize and being around the love and support of others brings joy. Loneliness is not a normal part of aging, you can be active socially as a senior, too.
Yes, negative attitudes toward aging and mental health exist in society. But that doesn’t mean you should be depressed about being an older adult. People are capable of joy and growth at any age. It’s up to you to enjoy your life. Create the life you want and make the most of your experience, whatever situation you are coping with.
Are you looking for someone to talk to? Either about the aging and mental health of someone you love or your own experience? Contact Kendall Van Blarcom, a personal consultant that is experienced in senior mental health issues. With a proven record of improving lives, Van Blarcom can help. Through therapy, you can deal with the stresses of each stage of life. With help, you can learn to love your life at every stage.