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Emotional Issues on Aging

  • As we age, we often encounter difficult life situations such as:

    • Grieving the loss of loved ones
    • Diminished physical abilities resulting in difficulty with everyday tasks
    • Physical illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, strokes, heart disease and onset of dementia
    • Sudden life changes, like retirement
    • Financial hardship
    • Medications such as high blood pressure medicine

    The impact of these events may lead to behavioral health issues including sadness, withdrawal and anxiety. There's nothing wrong with experiencing these feelings from time to time. Stress, illness, loneliness, grief and even bad weather can bring on brief feelings of despair and anxiety. But, when the sadness or anxiety takes over your life and continues for weeks or even months at a time, you may be experiencing depression or other serious emotional health issues and need to seek help.

    Symptoms of later-life behavioral health issues:

    • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
    • Crying frequently
    • Feeling hopeless and unworthy
    • Extreme moodiness
    • Withdrawal from social life or leisure-time activities once enjoyed
    • Poor appetite or eating too much
    • Overtired and fatigued
    • Thoughts of suicide
    • Forgetfulness or confusion

    What you can do to help

    If you believe you or a loved one is showing signs of behavioral health issues, don't wait for the problem to go away. Get professional help now.

    When you need to talk to someone, turn to Belmont Behavioral Health at 1-800-220-HELP (4357) or (215) 456-8000.

    Treatment Services - Older Adult Programs

    Depression and Aging

    Anxiety and Aging

    Adjustment to Diminished Abilities

    Alcohol Abuse and Older Adults

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