Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Mental Health

Meals on Wheels and Beyond: Services for Seniors

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

There are nearly 48 million people age 65 and older in the US, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. By the year 2060, this number is projected to climb to 98.2 million. While seniors are healthier than ever, they still suffer from a number of obstacles pertaining to everything from loneliness and isolation to nutrition and money. 

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Senior Eating Disorders: What All Caregivers Need to Know

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

Eating disorders aren't just the domain of teenage girls and young women. In fact, many older adults suffer from this life-threatening health concern, as well. Not only that but incidences of eating disorders among seniors—particularly older women—is rising. Here’s a closer look at the phenomenon, along with how caregivers can best support aging loved ones in getting treatment for eating disorders.

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Depression in the Elderly - Could it be Seasonal Affective Disorder?

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 @ 04:29 PM

Long after the reds, greens and golds of the holiday season have faded away, many seniors are left with something else: The winter blues. While for some this is merely a temporary funk, for others it may be a medical condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Here’s what all caregivers need to know about SAD and depression in the elderly, along with along with tips for boosting senior spirits during this sometimes dark time of year.

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Understanding and Coping with PTSD - 6 Tips for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Mar 03, 2017 @ 11:51 AM

Approximately 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women will go through at least one trauma over the course of their lives, according to the National Center for PTSD. As many as eight percent of these -- eight million during any given year -- will develop PTSD. Caregiving for someone with PTSD comes with its own unique challenges, but increased understanding and awareness can lighten the load while helping them provide the very best care. Here's a closer look at PTSD, along with six tips for caregivers. Read More

Seniors and Depression - The Signs of Post Holiday Blues

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 11:40 AM

You may have heard warnings that suicides among seniors rise during the holiday season. However, this is actually a widely perpetuated myth according to the Centers for Disease Control, based on data from the Annenberg Public Policy Center. In fact, suicide rates are actually at their lowest in December, but they do peak afterward -- a phenomenon which some experts attribute to a letdown from the holidays. Read More

The 411 on Psychoactive Medications

By mmLearn.org on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 @ 01:00 PM

As many as 71 percent of nursing home residents who are receiving Medicaid are also taking a psychoactive medication, according to one University of South Florida study. While these drugs can serve a very real purpose in treating certain medical conditions, they can also be misused and/or lead to dangerous interactions with other drugs. Let's take a closer look at psychoactive medications, along with what caregivers need to know to help safeguard the health and wellness of aging loved ones.

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Helping Seniors Embrace "Creative Beginnings Month"

By mmLearn.org on Fri, May 06, 2016 @ 10:34 AM

Did you know that two national observances -- Older Americans Month and Creative Beginnings Month -- converge in May? Combined, they present a unique opportunity for seniors and their caregivers: It's never too late for seniors to adopt new activities and habits aimed at helping them enjoy healthier, fuller lives.

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Recognizing the Signs of Holiday Depression in Older Adults

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 @ 03:26 PM

The holidays can be a difficult and emotional time of year for some seniors. Seniors who are no longer able to travel to see friends and family are faced with the reality of their disabling condition. It is important as a caregiver to recognize this type of depression in older adults, and come up with ideas that might cheer them up. There are several things that can be done to get the senior smiling and in the holiday cheer.

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Mental Illness in Seniors: Are they suffering in silence?

By Cyndy Marsh on Wed, May 21, 2014 @ 02:02 PM

“Despite great strides in our understanding of mental illness and vast improvements in the dialogue surrounding it, too many still suffer in silence.” This is the very first sentence in this year’s Presidential Proclamation for National Mental Health Awareness Month.  As America’s population ages, the need for mental and behavioral health services continues to grow.  Unfortunately there are many myths about aging and mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression being normal signs of aging.  Too often such generalized statements are the cause of older adults being under diagnosed or overlooked for problems that are very treatable.  However, even the normal physical and emotional stresses that go along with aging can be risk factors for mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. 

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