Mental Disorders

Senior Care: Identifying Symptoms of Mental Disorders

When it comes to dealing with emotional health, seniors are at a disadvantage. Over 20% of adults age 60+ suffer from mental or neurological disorders, the most common of which are dementia and depression.  
 
While some seniors may have been dealing with mental health issues for years, many will not develop these problems until later in life. Because the stigma surrounding mental illness makes people reluctant to seek help, the issues may go unidentified. This is dangerous, not only because of the risk of suicide but because mental and physical health are inextricably linked. Older adults with longstanding physical health conditions are more likely to become depressed, and untreated depression can negatively affect the outcome of a physical disease.
 
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