Five Major Psychological Problems Found In Elderly People

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Aging brings along lots of health issues, which does not only count the physical problems but it includes psychological disorders as well. In this article, we will highlight the five major psychological problems found in the elderly people. By being aware of the following problematic issues, you can easily take measures to beat off the mental health disorders as you age. Have a look:

Five Major Psychological Problems Found In Elderly People


 Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease is included in the family of dementia. It can cause serious issues with the thinking ability of the suffering person as well as the memory and behavior. It is a psychological and neurological disorder. It is caused because of the death of the cells in the brain, and this is how one starts to forget everything and the thinking is impaired as well. If not cured properly, this disease can be deadly.

 Alzheimer’s disease


Depression
According to the American Psychological Association, the prevalence of depression is quite high in the individuals above 65 years of age. Depression is a silent killer that weakens the immune system, and it works against the body’s ability to fight germs and infections. One way you can save your elderly loved ones from depression is to engage them in various physical activities that they enjoy, other than that you can go for anti-depressants and mental health therapies.

Depression


Delirium
Another geriatric disorder that is commonly found is delirium. It is another serious psychological disorder that involves a state of confusion and restlessness. It also includes illusions and incoherence. Some psychic experts consider delirium a medical emergency. The only cure for delirium is to control the cause of its symptoms. It may include hospitalization for few days to a week or so.

Delirium


 Sleep related disorders
One of the most common issues that nearly all the elderly people suffer from is the sleep related disorders. Insomnia, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome are some of the commonly found sleep related disorders. Loss of sleep can affect the level of body’s hormones, behavior and weight badly; this is why it is medically recommended to get at least eight hours of sleep. Sleep related disorders can affect the liver function as well so they must be treated urgently.

 Sleep related disorders


Bladder problems
Bladder problems are directly linked to mental health. High levels of anxiety can cause bladder problems as well. Psychological stress is a big reason for frequent urination. Another bladder issue that you can commonly see in older adults is overactive bladder as well as bed wetting. They can be cured with simple mental tricks and anti-stress therapies.


Bladder problems


All the disorders stated above are most commonly found geriatric disorders. They can be cured if treated timely. I hope this article helps you out. Stay safe!

About the Author:

This post is written by Chris Palmer who is a comedian and a public speaker. He has got a lot of valuable information about dementia and elderly care. He regularly blogs at https://www.agespace.org/

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