Anxiety can affect individuals of all ages. Even if someone has lived their whole life without experiencing signs of this issue, it doesn’t mean they won’t develop it later in life, perhaps while in senior independent living. Unfortunately, many seniors either aren’t aware they’re suffering from anxiety and can get help for it or they may feel ashamed and not be willing to admit they have a problem. Regardless, there are things you can do to identify if they are having symptoms of anxiety and get them the help they need to overcome it.
While most people think of generalized anxiety, it isn’t the only type your loved one may experience. Each one has its own set of symptoms you’ll need to watch out for. Some of the most common types, along with their symptoms, include:
Generalized Anxiety — Generalized anxiety is classified as that which creates daily worries and fears. Those who experience this type may suffer from fatigue, headaches, nausea, muscle tension and even trembling.
Panic Attacks — The most common symptom is an overwhelming feeling of dread or terror that has no apparent cause. Individuals may also experience physical symptoms, such as chest pain, dizziness, stomach discomfort, shortness of breath and heart palpitations.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder — This disorder is characterized by recurrent thoughts or routines, many of which are unwanted. These rituals are often performed in an effort to eliminate these unwanted thoughts.
Phobias — Fears that are defined as irrational and unwarranted, usually quite intense in nature, qualify as phobias. These fears can often be crippling, causing your loved one to miss out on important elements in their lives.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder — Those who have gone through a traumatic event in their lives may suffer from this issue. This can include violence, natural disasters, abuse and more. These individuals may experience nightmares, depression, flashbacks, lack of emotion and more.
There are certain risk factors that can identify those in Oklahoma assisted living who are more likely to suffer from some form of anxiety, either now or in the future. Some of these factors include:
Stressful life events
Certain medical conditions, such as heart disease and thyroid conditions
Some medications like antidepressants, stimulants and steroids
Alcohol or drug abuse
If your loved one exhibits any of these symptoms or falls under one of these risk factors, it’s important to make an appointment with their doctor for a thorough evaluation. Anxiety can often be treated with simple therapy or may require medication to help manage your loved one’s mental health while in independent living in OKC.
If you’re looking for the right assisted living center for your aging loved one, contact us. We can help you determine if our facility is the right choice for their needs.