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How to Help a Senior with Anxiety

January 15th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized

As our parents or elderly loved ones age, they can develop symptoms indicative of depression, anxiety or stress. These conditions are very challenging for them and their caretakers. Anxiety and fear are two main factors that contribute to elders feeling isolated due to several reasons: loss of loved ones, distant relationship with children, loneliness and frailty. Anxiety in elderly people can give rise to the following health issues:

Insomnia

Anxiety and constant over thinking makes falling asleep difficult. In return, they may be prescribed anxiety countering medications or perhaps even medication to induce sleep. Paradoxically, even a sleeping medication can interfere with sleep, resulting in continued insomnia. A sleep deprived person becomes even more anxious, depressed and fearful. This can cause a lot of setbacks in their lives and also push them into isolation. We must help them interact as much as they can so they can avoid over thinking and isolating themselves.

Memory loss

Elderly people can also suffer from forgetfulness. Their memory loss can occur over the most basic things such as recalling the street name they live on. Walking into a room and forgetting why they came here becomes a frequently occurring action. Memory lapses can frustrate them to a great extent, even though they aren’t cause for concern most of the times. However, memory loss is not an inevitable part of aging. Making healthy changes to their lifestyles, habits and activities can effectively reduce memory loss and strengthen their cognitive skills.

Attention Seeking

Our elderly parents also seek attention from us when they begin feeling lonely. They may inadvertently do this by repeatedly going over the same sad affairs of their lives from decades ago. Often times, we may not even realize why they do so, but this behavior indicates their need for attention and company. It is best to address these needs with love and patience and not react aggressively or with annoyance.

How to Help:

– If these symptoms persist despite attempts to alleviate them, it is time to consult a doctor to prescribe treatment and monitor their behavior.
– We must also seek a doctor’s diagnosis to rule out the possibility of dementia or Alzheimer’s.
– We can also set up an appointment with a therapist to improve their cognitive behavioral so that they can break the wrong habits they’ve developed from anxiety and fear.
– If we’re unable to accompany our parents as much as we can, we can arrange senior friendly aides to keep them company and provide an assisted living.

Consult our senior care providers at Loved Ones to ensure all their needs are met in your absence. Loved Ones offer in home and out home nursing services. Our aides are trained to provide care to senior citizens ranging from meal preparation to assisted living to personal care.


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