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Anxiety Problems in Seniors

Posted by advancare in Senior Health | 0 comments

elderly careOld age is something that a lot of people dread; it is something that is inevitable and not easy to deal with.  There are hundreds of nursing homes and old-age care centers that provide physical health and emotional problems and a few caregivers in Miami offer solutions that deal with anxiety and depression. Anxiety in seniors can be supported in two forms, psychotherapy that involves drug treatment or one that simply involves talk therapy.

So which of these two therapies is most effective? Effectiveness depends on the level and degree of anxiety. Some people might be too far-gone to hope that just talking about it will help; this is where the use of anti-anxiety drugs would be more beneficial. Some people might really be suffering from loneliness for which there is no better drug than having people to talk to. When considering home care agencies, look for those that engage patients in some form of activity that keep their minds occupied as much as they keep their bodies in shape and in good health.

Home care agencies that consider that the elderly need more than health care, but emotional health as well, will incorporate counseling either on a one-on-one basis or as a group activity. For elderly in home care, one needs a caregiver who understands the complexities and emotional aspects of growing old and finding themselves alone.  For a caregiver, it is imperative that they establish a rapport with their elderly patients to help them deal with feelings of anxiety, loneliness and depression.

According to a study conducted by the U.S National Institute of Mental Health, 25% of elderly people whether they are receiving elderly in home care services or not will experience some sort of emotional problem that they might need to treat with drugs. Depression and anxiety are the foremost mental/ emotional issues that the elderly will have to deal with, and caregivers need to know how to deal with these issues.


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