Have you noticed lately a lot of people in your life are feeling flat, anxious, depressed? Maybe you’re also feeling this way? At the beginning of the pandemic it felt like ‘we’re all in this together’ but now many are feeling they couldn’t be more alone.
Carrie Bickmore recently spoke on The Project about the increasing prevalence of Mental Health issues during these uncertain times. Carrie comments that many people are feeling down at the moment, but feel guilty speaking up as they know others are worse off.
According to the World Health Organisation, seniors are less likely to seek help than young adults, and unfortunately they may be more susceptible to mental health disorders during such unprecedented times. As the elderly have been strongly advised to self isolate due to the increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, this can take a serious toll on seniors mental health.
Careful attention to your ageing loved one’s mental health is now more important than ever.
Caregivers and family should look for the following warning signs, which could indicate a mental health concern:
- Social withdrawal; loss of interest in things that use to be enjoyable
- Depressed mood lasting longer than 2 weeks
- Decrease or increase in appetite; changes in weight
- Changes in appearance or dress
- Confusion, disorientation, problems with concentration or decision making
- Memory loss, especially recent or short-term memory problems
- Physical problems that can’t otherwise be explained: aches, constipation
- Trouble handling finances or working with numbers
- Unexplained fatigue, energy loss or sleep changes
During these unprecedented times, be sure to keep an eye on your loved one when you’re chatting on the phone, dropping off groceries, or doing a video chat to spot signs they need help.
If you spot any of these signs, visiting your loved ones local doctor is always a great place to start.
Additionally, there are a number of resources that can help, including:
You might also enjoy a recent article we wrote on simple strategies can set up good habits to help build confidence and resilience and get more out of life, click here to read more about mental health for seniors.
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