With improvements in health care, the life
expectancy has increased. People are living longer lives; at the same time, it
is necessary to ensure that these added years are a blessing both to the individuals
as well as their loved ones. It is important to take care of the mental health
the elderly to ensure good quality of life.
occur commonly in the geriatric population. Conditions like depression
due to loneliness and sometimes lack of the productive lives and independence
the senior citizens experienced during their younger days. These individuals
also have to experience the passing away of their close friends and relatives,
sometimes even partners. Anxiety
may crop up
even while doing daily activities. These, if diagnosed early and treated with
available medications, could result in a happy old age.
Perhaps a more serious condition that affects these
individuals is dementia
forgetfulness. If not kept under constant observation, the individual could
wander off and not realize the way back home.
Some of the mental health problems arise due to
lifestyles during the younger age. Thus, leading a healthy, active and happy
life right from the younger days could prevent these problems later in life.
also result in some of these mental health problems.
If you are a senior citizen
here are some tips to live a happier life:
Spend time with a lot of people around you. It
could be with youngsters or with people your age. Do not consider that others
may not find spending time with you interesting. After all, everybody needs
Share your knowledge and experiences with others.
This is probably something that you have loads of and would be of great benefit
Take good care of your health. Physical health can
affect mental health and vise versa. Be as active
as you can.
This way, you can further push away diseases that can interfere with your
independence. Make sure you keep your diabetes
and high blood pressure
under control by taking regular medications if necessary.
If you feel that you are suffering from a mental health problem, reach
out for help.