Advancing in age is a normal life process but sometimes aging presents senior issues with complex challenges that can easily overwhelm them. Senior issues including problems with health, family, and financial insecurity. Although therapy cannot eliminate the stresses seniors face, it offers a confidential place to explore issues with a therapist while receiving validation and support.
Facts about Senior Issues
- One in four older adults experiences some mental disorder including depression and anxiety disorders, and dementia;
- Two-thirds of older adults with mental health problems do not receive the treatment they need. Current preventative services for this population are extremely limited.
- Untreated substance abuse and mental health problems among older adults are associated with poor health outcomes, higher health care utilisation, increased complexity of the course and prognosis of many illnesses, increased disability and impairment, compromised quality of life, increased caregiver stress, increased mortality, and a higher risk of suicide.
For most older adults, good health ensures independence, security, and productivity as they age. Yet millions struggle every day with health and safety challenges such as chronic disease, falls, and mental health issues—all of which can severely impact the quality of life.
Symptoms of Senior Issues
- Sexual dysfunction;
- Sleep problems;
- Behavioural concerns, such as aggression, motor overactivity or wandering, and verbal outbursts, these are often caused by delirium, depression, or dementia;
- Alcohol and substance dependency.