Mental Health and the Elderly Part 2 – Anxiety In The Elderly

Curantis Home Carers have another article from Erika Schulten. This is a continuation on the subject of mental health and anxiety in the Elderly. Do you have a family member who is in need of home care? Please contact Curantis Home Carers to set up a meeting with your concerns. We can help.

 

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Today we will focus on Anxiety.

Symptoms of Anxiety In The Elderly

Everyone becomes anxious at some point in their lives, but a case of extreme anxiety can have a negative effect on one’s everyday life.

The hormone adrenaline is released into the body by anxiety and this has a number of physical effects on the body.

  • High Blood pressure
  • Muscle Tension
  • Increase in the breathing rate.
  • May also make you feel sick.

There are various forms of treatment including talk therapies and medical drugs. Lifestyle changes as well relaxation techniques may also be useful in helping people cope with anxiety.

Signs of anxiety may include:-

  • Feeling Fearful & irritability or tearful.
  • Trouble with their sleeping patterns.
  • Leisure time not enjoyable.
  • Experience panic attacks.

Other forms of anxiety may include:-

  • Phobias
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Post-traumatic stress.

How to Cope with Anxiety in the Elderly

  • Listen and taking their feelings seriously.
  • Talking through what you are doing and trying to create agreed sequences of actions, without repletion.
  • Eat regularly and follow a good diet.
  • Ensure the family and doctor is kept informed.

Take anxiety seriously know the symptoms look for the signs act in time and make the difference.

Erika Schulten

Curantis Home Carers

 

Curantis Home Carers can help monitor signs of anxiety and depression as well as keeping a good diet. Contact Curantis Home Carers for a FREE CONSULTATION.