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While diagnoses like dementia and Alzheimer’s are consistently at the forefront of the conversation, depressive disorders actually represent the #1 mental health issue among seniors. But depression and its many iterations consistently go unrecognized and untreated among seniors, a clear sign that more vigilance is needed to identify and sufficiently treat symptoms of depression before they escalate and potentially lead to more serious outcomes, such as major depressive episodes, self-destructive behaviors, and even suicide.
Various lifestyle factors among seniors can act as powerful catalysts for depression, from declining physical abilities to the loss of friends and loved ones. However, the emphasis on seniors maintaining independence actually works against them in this case, making it less likely affected seniors will ask for or seek out the help they need in any sort of timely manner.
Clearly, seniors and society as a whole can do better. So as we work to further the discussion about seniors and mental health, understanding these early warning signs and the many available tools and outlets for effectively dealing with mental health concerns is a crucial first step towards ensuring longer and more fulfilling lives for seniors.
There’s a strong and very direct correlation between declining mental health and worsening physical health. So beyond just changes in mood, feeling sad or lonely, or deriving less joy from certain activities, paying less attention to personal grooming and appearance, changing eating or sleep patterns, or withdrawing from family or social activities should all raise concerns and not go unaddressed if noticed.
Important warning signs to look for in order to identify mental health concerns in seniors include:
Although seniors might be uniquely vulnerable, they are not helpless when it comes to combating mental health concerns. So whether it’s going on the offensive and taking preventive measures, or just being aggressive about soliciting help and support, using all available tools and resources is key to feeling better faster and continually cultivating an environment in which seniors are empowered and vigilant when it comes to ensuring their own mental health.
Caring for a senior who has mental health issues can be one of the hardest challenges someone faces in their life. A family caregiver might be able to face the daily challenges with grace, but sometimes, transferring a loved one into Senior living, Assisted Living or a Nursing Home is necessary. Making the decision to transfer can be exceptionally difficult because caregivers often feel like they should be able to care for their elderly mom or dad.The hardest part is initiating the process. Families often hesitate to call us for help because they feel embarrassed or worried about how their unpredictable loved ones are going to react. You dont have to find a good fit on you own. Stacys Helping Hand, Inc (Senior living) specializes in senior behavioral and mental health care. And, regardless of your situation, we will find a facility where your loved one has compassionate caregivers who can provide the needed support. We empower seniors with mental health issues to take ownership and find purpose in their lives. It is never too late.1. Likely They Had No Therapy or Took MedicationBecause of the time period your loved one was born, their Mental Health issues were likely either undiagnosed, denied or kept behind closed doors due to the stigma attached with a Mental Health diagnosis. Luckily today with modern science, doctors have a better understanding of what neurotransmitters are deficient and modern medicine can help improve their symptoms.2. Manipulation Is Interwoven with SymptomsAnother big factor can be the component of manipulation and using their illness as an excuse. Or they are not even aware of how manipulative they are being. We tell families that if dementia has set in, working through the manipulation may or may not be an option.3. Just Like a Child There Is No Manual to FollowTo put it bluntly, you may be worn out and cant see past the manipulation. It truly is hard to distinguish where the brain chemistry imbalances end and the manipulations begins. Mental health behaviors can be like a rope where you have to unwind the chords.Let Us Help. The First Step Is to Call Us.Your loved needs to help themselves and take ownership for their wellbeing. Asking a 3rd party professional to help your loved one transition can be a lifesaver for you. We can facilitate the process and make it the best experience possible. Each step is another weight off of your shoulders.Our senior care process is flexible for each individuals situation. As we get to know your loved one, you might be surprised by how well they respond to our questions. We have the ability to empower people with mental health issues so that they dont feel threatened. This is partly due to the fact that we are outside of the existing family dynamics, which certainly helps. But its also due to our expertise and approach a little compassion and understanding goes a long way.Our goal is to help your loved one re-discover the kid in themselves. It takes facilities a while to learn your loved ones needs. Most times manipulation is an unmet need, and the need to be in control of something. Unfortunately, the facility may or may not be able to make them happy, but they can have compassion.
Even if you or a family member are excited to be moving to a senior living community or new home, there are bound to be a mix of emotions. Moving can be stressful and challenging even in the best of circumstances. To help you and family members navigate your next move, weve gathered a few of our favorite tips to make handling all the emotional ups and downs a bit easier. WayForth is here to make sure your move goes smoothly. Our moving professionals help with downsizing, packing and unpacking, storage services, and much more. Contact our team of experts today for help with your next move! Get enough rest and dont skip meals In the hustle and bustle of planning a move, its important to take care of yourself. Getting sleep and making sure youre eating properly can help keep your energy up and manage your emotions. Work the way that works for you Some people are list makers. Others do better with a more unstructured plan. Take a minute to think how you best handle large projects and apply that to your move. Use the process that feels the most comfortable for your situation. Break up big tasks Looking at a huge move can be overwhelming. Instead, break your tasks into smaller ones. Dont try to tackle the entire kitchen in one long day; take it one drawer at a time. Youll be less likely to get overwhelmed. Let your feelings flow Bottling up your emotions may backfire in the long run. If you need to have a good cry or get irritated, its perfectly normal. Let yourself feel the way you feel and then you can move on to the next day or task. Ask for help No one has to move alone. Reaching out to family, friends and professionals like the team at WayForth for help organizing, packing and cleaning can relieve some of the feelings of stress and worry. To learn more about how to manage the stress of moving, read WayForth's full article here! If you want to learn more about WayForths move management and moving solutions including downsizing, packing and unpacking contact us today. How you move matters, move with WayForth.
Moving to a new home can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. With all the other things that need to be taken care of, its easy for space planning to get pushed off until after you move in. But taking the time to thoughtfully plan the layout of your new home before making the move has numerous benefits, ranging from convenience and cost-effectiveness through improved coordination and decreased stress levels. WayForthsmove professionals will help you with space planning, packing and unpacking, downsizing, and more!Contactour team today to learn more about how we can help you! Advantages of Space Planning Before Moving There are many advantages to space planning before moving, such as being able to identify what items are necessary to bring, what can be donated or thrown away, and where everything will fit in the new space. How to Analyze Your New Home and Plan Out the Perfect Layout Consider the function of each room and how you want to use it. This will help you determine the best layout for each space. With careful planning and attention to detail, you can create a home that not only looks great but also works for your lifestyle. Tips for Optimizing Space and Maximizing Storage Solutions Utilize vertical space with tall bookcases and shelves or opt for multi-functional furniture like a storage ottoman or bed with built-in drawers. Dont be afraid to get creative with organization repurpose items like mason jars or tension rods for unique storage solutions. With a little careful planning and clever thinking, your space can be both functional and stylish. Making Room Arrangements to Create a Harmonious Balance in Your Home When it comes to creating a harmonious balance in your home, the placement of furniture and dcor can play a major role. One of the first things to consider is the size of your space and how much floor plan layout flexibility you have. A well-balanced room should feel open and inviting instead of cramped and cluttered. Consider Space Planning with WayForth To take the stress out of moving and make sure that your space is planned perfectly for you, use WayForths space planning services today! Whether youre seeking extra storage space or are looking for ways to create more room for entertaining friends and family, our experienced team has your back every step of the way from packing up your old place right through to setting up furniture in your new abode. Dont wait any longer;contactWayForths team for help with your next move! Read more about space planning benefits here!
Choosing Assisted Living is a major step and not something to be taken lightly. At Discovery Commons at South Biscayne, we see the power of supportive senior living every day. By individualizing care plans for each resident, our caring staff is able to meet them at their individual level of need. Free from mundane tasks like housework and home maintenance, residents have more time and energy to invest in the variety of engaging opportunities at our lively community. Our private studio, one, and two bedroom apartment homes are built for comfort. Pet-friendly floor plans come with energy-efficient appliances, including a full-sized refrigerator and microwave. Assisted Living residents also enjoy the culinary and social pleasures of our elegant dining room, as well as the convenience of a well-equipped fitness studio, onsite beauty salon and spa, and transportation services.
Individuals living with Alzheimer's or other dementia experience memory loss in unique ways. Our Memory Care neighborhood in North Port, Florida addresses the challenges of living with memory loss, while expanding opportunities for connection, through a person-to-person approach to care. We model our philosophy and practice on the nationally recognized Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's care, which helps us build trust and strong relationships with residents and families. The better we understand our residents' life stories, values, and interests, the more we can help them feel secure, respected, and valued. Spacious studios and warm and homey shared spaces encourage a sense of independence in a deeply comfortable environment. Secure outdoor courtyards and walking paths invite residents to enjoy nature, while specially designed activities encourage increased range of motion, participation, and a feeling of accomplishment. Delicious family-style dining and a monthly calendar of events let loved ones and their families connect in meaningful ways.