Senior Healthcare

Happy Aging - Senior Mental Health Has Unique Challenges

Happy Aging - Senior Mental Health Has Unique Challenges

Senior mental health has its own unique challenges that many of us cannot yet recognize. It’s common for family members to confuse a senior loved one’s symptoms of apathy, depression and anxiety as symptoms of dementia rather than a mental health issue.

While there have been advances in mental health treatment over the last few decades, a stigma still exists around addressing it. Seniors may feel especially reluctant to bring up these issues as they may be dismissed or grouped with other physiological conditions and ignored. What’s worse is that mental health has an impact on physical health and vice versa. Left untreated, depression can cause further damage to a senior’s already declining health.

When to Get a Second Opinion

When to Get a Second Opinion

After receiving a diagnosis from a doctor it is not uncommon for patients to seek out a second opinion on their treatment options to make the best decision. A second opinion is medical advice from another qualified expert in the field. A second doctor’s perspective may provide you with an alternative treatment suggestion, or even allow you to avoid treatment altogether.