Sometimes, people can tell if their loved one or friend has mental health issues. However, other times it isn’t as noticeable. If you are caring for your elderly parent or elderly loved one, be sure you watch out for signs of a mental health disorder. People shouldn’t have to struggle with mental health issues on their own.
It can be tough for someone to admit they are struggling with these issues. With this being said, you or elderly care providers should talk to your elderly loved one if you notice the signs mentioned below.
Sadness or Hopelessness
Have you or an elderly care provider noticed that your elderly loved one is feeling sad or hopeless? Occasional sadness or hopelessness is normal. However, if this is something that your elderly loved one has been experiencing for many weeks, it could mean they are struggling with a mental health disorder.
Acting Out of Character
Have you or an elderly care provider noticed that your loved one is acting out of character? For example, are they yelling at their family members more than usual? Are they staying up late at night or spending more money than they usually do? If your elderly loved one is doing things that are out of character, they may be struggling with a mental health disorder. They may need your help.
Issues with Focus and Concentration
Have you or an elderly care provider recently noticed that your elderly loved one struggles with focus and concentration? Maybe you were talking to your elderly loved one and they couldn’t make eye contact. Mayne when your elderly loved one was on the phone with their elderly care provider, they forgot what they were saying. Issues with focus and concentration happen often with those who have a mental health disorder.
Not Coping Well with Stressors
Has your elderly loved one recently had issues coping with stressors? Maybe they used to have great coping skills, but in the past few weeks or months, they aren’t doing so great. If this is happening, you or an elderly care provider might notice your loved one gets stressed or anxious when life throws a curve ball their way.
These are some signs that your elderly loved one may have a mental health disorder. If you or an elderly care provider recognize these things in your loved one, be sure to talk with them. Let your elderly loved one know you are going to be there to support them. Ask your elderly loved one if you can get them an appointment, so they can get the help they need.