Memory problems, cognitive decline and a growing loneliness epidemic, all make seniors especially vulnerable to mental health issues.
According to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study of mental health in older adults aged 55+, it is estimated that 20% of seniors experience some type of mental health concern. The most common conditions include anxiety, severe cognitive impairment
and mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar depression.
Common mental health issues like anxiety and depression can have a negative impact on physical health and wellness for seniors. The CDC states that these conditions, especially mood disorders, can lead to impairments in physical, mental and social functioning and can affect and complicate the treatment of other chronic disorders.
Although the rate of older adults with mental health conditions tends to increase with age, depression and other illnesses are not a normal part of aging.
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