Depression, anxiety and loneliness

Depression, anxiety and loneliness are as rampant in America’s senior facilities as any other disease. It’s not that caregivers today don’t want to spend emotional time with seniors. It’s that they can’t. They’re just too busy. As a result, emotional care gets left out. Fortunately, the tide is turning. “Small care” is a growing thing. With small care, we’re able to attend to the high physical and emotional needs of senior residents. Not because it

Dealing with Depression

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 6.5 million Americans aged 65 or older are affected by depression. While some adults with depression may have been managing the disease for a number of years, others experience depression for the first time later in life. Symptoms of depression in people older than age 65 include: Social withdrawal Loss of appetite Confusion Loss of interest in activities Feelings of guilt and/or worthlessness Feelings of

Dealing with Depression

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 6.5 million Americans aged 65 or older are affected by depression. While some adults with depression may have been managing the disease for a number of years, others experience depression for the first time later in life. Symptoms of depression in people older than age 65 include: Social withdrawal Loss of appetite Confusion Loss of interest in activities Feelings of guilt and/or worthlessness Feelings of

What is a Senior Behavioral Health Unit?

A Senior Behavioral Health is a psychiatric unit designed specifically in mind for the geriatric population. It addresses common mental health issues facing the elderly such as: depression, grief, anxiety, dementia related issues, and other mental health diagnoses. The age requirement on most units is 65, although some units admit patients 55 and older. The diversity of patient priorities and needs requires that a variety of group activities be utilized. The objective is to provide

Seniors and Isolation: a growing health epidemic

Isolation is a growing health epidemic. The AARP Foundation Connect2Affect campaign states that the health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. When asked which they would rather give up for a week, 79% of seniors said they would rather give up watching TV than talking with their friends and family. Social interaction and connections are necessary to lead a happy, healthy life. More than 8 million adults or 1

Elderly Depression

  Depression in the elderly is common, but that does not mean it’s a normal part of aging. Seniors are expected to slow down, so the signs of depression may get missed, delaying effective treatment and forcing many to struggle unnecessarily for years. Understanding Depression There are many changes later in life that could lead to depression, including loss of independence, death of friends of relatives, financial concerns, medical issues or moving away from home