Elderly Mental Health

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  • Hello caregivers, Today we are going to talk about mental health disorders among the elderly population. I will give you a brief oversight on some of the disorders that people get as they age. And how you as a caregiver can make a difference.
  • Elderly Mental Health

    1. 1. Mental Disorders Among Seniors
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Who is a Senior? </li></ul><ul><li>Some mental health facts </li></ul><ul><li>Types of mental disorders </li></ul><ul><li>How you can help </li></ul>
    3. 3. Who is a Senior? Did you know according to US census 2000 there are approximately 35 million seniors in the USA Conventionally, the term “senior” (or “elderly”) is used to refer to someone who is 65 years or older
    4. 4. Some mental health facts <ul><li>Nearly 20% of the elderly suffer some form of mental illness </li></ul><ul><li>Some common illnesses: Dementia, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer </li></ul><ul><li>Rate of suicide among seniors is highest compared to all other age groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate is twice the national average for people older than 85 </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Types of Mental Disorders Among Seniors Types of Mental Disorders Among Seniors
    6. 6. Dementia <ul><li>Often mistakenly thought of as part of growing old </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In fact, a form of mental illness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Typical symptoms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Confusion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memory loss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disorientation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gets worse with age </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Affects 30-50% of people older than 85 years </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Alzheimer’s <ul><li>A form of dementia </li></ul><ul><li>Typical symptoms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Memory loss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of cognition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Behavior changes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Progressively gets worse over many years ultimately causing death </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fourth leading cause of death in America </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1 million people over age 65 severely affected </li></ul>
    8. 8. Anxiety Disorders <ul><li>The name says it all ! </li></ul><ul><li>Typical symptoms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High level of anxiety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Panic attacks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phobias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obsession </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Coping mechanisms may cause more harm than good </li></ul><ul><li>Impossible to lead a normal productive life </li></ul>
    9. 9. Schizophrenia <ul><li>Sometimes referred to as split-personality or multiple personality disorder </li></ul><ul><li>Affects a person’s thoughts and behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Typical symptoms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Delusional thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hallucinations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hearing voices </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Effective tools at your disposal <ul><li>As a caregiver you can provide </li></ul><ul><li>Humor </li></ul><ul><li>Reassurance </li></ul><ul><li>Distraction </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Making sure they take their medication and keep their doctor’s appointment </li></ul>Remember, you can make a difference!

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