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Signs Your Elderly Loved One Needs Behavioral Care

Mental health issues are fairly common among seniors, yet many seniors do not receive the help they need. Often, it’s difficult for a senior’s family members to detect the signs of behavioral health disorders because the symptoms can closely mimic those of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. If you have any concerns about your elderly loved one’s mental or physical wellness, you can find the expert guidance you need at University Hospital and Medical Center.

Mood Changes

Mood changes are a strong indicator of possible behavioral health issues. Everyone experiences sadness and anger from time to time, but if your loved one’s mood problems persist longer than a couple of weeks, they could be signaling a more serious problem. Consider speaking with a doctor if your loved one displays persistent feelings of hopelessness, fearfulness, sadness, or apathy. Irritability and mood swings can also occur. If your loved one expresses thoughts of suicide, please call 911 or take your loved one to the ER right away.

Social Withdrawal

Social withdrawal is a common problem among older adults for a number of reasons. Seniors are susceptible to mobility problems and they may lack transportation. As they grow older, they will begin to lose friends and family members to death or relocations. Social withdrawal could be a sign of a mental health issue if your loved one consistently refuses to participate in activities that he or she once enjoyed, despite your offers to do the activity together or drive the senior out to meet friends.

Personal Care Deficits

Seniors who have developed mental health disorders such as depression may not take care of themselves well. They may eat very little or too much. They may have changes in their sleeping habits. Seniors might fail to keep up with the housework, take their prescribed medications, and take care of their bathing and grooming needs. Of course, some of these issues could also be indicative of other problems like dexterity issues, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease. A behavioral health specialist can determine why your loved one is experiencing these problems.

The Center for Behavioral Health in Tamarac, FL, is a freestanding medical facility that features exceptional amenities and offers compassionate care. Here, the behavioral health specialists at University Hospital and Medical Center provide comprehensive evaluations and effective treatments for pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health issues. For general information about the Center for Behavioral Health, call a registered nurse at (954) 722-9933.

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