There are undoubtedly things to be concerned about as we age. We are concerned about our health and financial well-being. However, seniors can become so consumed with worry that they are unable to enjoy life. If a senior feels uncontrollable worry about everyday things, they may have an anxiety disorder. According to the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, around 10% and 20% of older persons will suffer from this potentially paralyzing illness.
How can we tell the difference between normal anxiety and an anxiety disorder? It can be difficult.
“Anxiety is an unsettling sense that something may hurt you or a loved one,” according to the National Institute of Health. It may make you more awake and ready for action if you start a new job or take an exam. However, anxiety can persist and become overwhelming at times. An anxiety disorder occurs when it interferes with good health and peace of mind.”
Seniors may suffer from a variety of anxiety disorders, including:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Social anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Whatever the type of anxiety disorder, it is critical to be assessed by a professional who is familiar with the unique psychological needs of older persons. You may also need the help of a home care provider to assist you or a loved one with special needs.
Ageless Private Duty Home Care, LLC recognizes that anxiety can be devastating for seniors, affecting their quality of life and health. Chronic anxiety, if left untreated, can lead to depression, dementia, and cardiovascular problems. Luckily, anxiety disorders are treatable. Senior patients can benefit greatly from a mix of cognitive therapy, lifestyle changes, stress-reduction measures, certain medications, and even live-in care services.
Anxiety can be evaluated and treated properly, allowing seniors to enjoy their golden years. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require professional home care or personal care in Florida.