Risk Factors for Mental Health Illness in the Elderly

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Unfortunately, there are many mental health illnesses present in the elderly. Anxiety, depression, and PTSD are just a few of them. If you are taking care of an elderly citizen, maybe even a loved one, there are some risk factors you should know about that may cause them to have a mental health illness. If you find the elderly citizen you are taking care of needs extra help because of mental health illness, you can hire an elderly care provider to be of assistance to them.

Elderly Care Ontario OH - Risk Factors for Mental Health Illness in the Elderly

Elderly Care Ontario OH – Risk Factors for Mental Health Illness in the Elderly

Social Isolation

How much is the elderly citizen you are caring for getting out and about? How often do they visit their friends or family member? Are they socially isolated? If they don’t get out much or have visitors very much, they may be socially isolated. This can lead to depression, overwhelming sensations, and even feeling physically unwell. If you need someone for them to spend time with, an elderly care provider may be just the person they need in their life.

Biological Aspects

There are some biological aspects that could contribute to the elderly citizen having a mental health illness, too. Do you know the history of this person’s family? Is there something like Alzheimer’s disease, depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, or dementia in the family history? If there is, then there is a chance this person you are caring for might have these things, as well. If you have trouble helping them through these issues, and elderly care provider can be of assistance.

Physical Health Issues

Does the elderly citizen you are taking care have chronic pain? Do they have heart-related issues? Have they been in and out of the hospital for various physical health issues? Do they suffer from gastrointestinal issues? If you find they are dealing with any range of physical health issues, you should know they may also be experiencing mental health issues such as stress or anxiety. Physical health issues can cause mental health issues and vice versa.

Traumatic Experiences

Has the elderly citizen you are taking care of ever experienced a traumatic experience? If they have, this is a common reason why someone might have mental health issues. Many people who have suffered from some sort of trauma will deal with anxiety, PTSD, stress, and other negative emotions and disorders.

These are some of the risk factors for mental health illness in the elderly. If you are taking care of an elderly citizen and you suspect they have any sort of mental health illness, you should have them see their doctor right away. They can get the treatments they need. You can get the help you need in taking care of them, as well. Don’t forget, there are also always elderly care providers who would love to help out, too.

Source:  https://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/mental_health.pdf

If you are considering Elderly Care Services in Ontario OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Ontario and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.