Anxiety affects millions of people every single year. When you think of anxiety, you might think of teenagers and all they deal with in their life. You might think of those who work long hours and can’t get a break. While all of these people may suffer from anxiety, they are not the only ones. In fact, your elderly loved one might have anxiety, as well. If so, it is important for you and their caregivers to help figure out the source of the anxiety. After determining the source, you can help your elderly loved one come up with a plan to overcome and prevent anxiety.
One of the common reasons that many elderly people have anxiety is due to financial issues. Your elderly loved one is used to working all the time or even part time to pay their bills. However, now they are likely living on disability, a pension, or their retirement savings. This doesn’t go far for many elderly people. If your elderly loved one is feeling anxious, their financial issues could be the cause.
Your elderly loved one may also be feeling anxious because of their health issues. There are many common health issues for senior citizens. Chronic pain, pain from surgeries, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other health issues may be causing strain for your elderly loved one. If your loved one is feeling anxious and they have health issues, this could be the cause. If so, you or the caregivers can see what you can do to help ease their anxieties. Maybe the caregivers can help do household tasks, so your elderly loved one doesn’t have to be in more pain than they already are in.
Feeling Like They Are a Burden
Another common reason why many elderly people have anxiety is because they feel like they are a burden. Your elderly loved one has likely done a lot in their life. From raising children to working for many years, they have taken care of the people in their life. Now that they can’t work and they need others to help take care of them, they may be feeling anxious because of the burden they feel they place on their family. If your elderly loved one is feeling like this, they might feel better if caregivers were taking care of them, instead of their family.
These are some of the reasons why your elderly loved one might be feeling so anxious. If you suspect that your elderly loved one is anxious or they have told you that they are anxious, it is important to get to the bottom of it. If your elderly loved one doesn’t get the help they need for their anxiety, it could cause them to suffer in every area of their life. Even if their anxieties only feel minor, it can still take a huge toll on their mental and physical health.