Understanding and Coping with Emotional Changes in the Elderly

December 6th, 2016 by John Wilson

Life is a never-ending series of changes. Babies become toddlers, toddlers become school-aged kids, those kids become tweens and then teens, and teens become adults. Adulthood is not the end of change, though! Until we take our last breaths, our bodies and minds will evolve. Most people are aware of the physical changes seniors go through. Many don’t realize emotional changes are just as profound. If your loved one will be moving to assisted living in Oklahoma City in the near future, you should prepare for heightened emotional changes as you help your loved one transition into assisted living.

Examples of Emotional Changes Common in Seniors

It’s natural for people of all ages to have good days and not so good days. Some of the most common emotional changes in seniors include:

Find out why adjusting to assisted living takes time.

Adjusting to assisted living takes time.

What’s Normal and What’s Not?

It’s only natural to worry some of the aforementioned emotional changes could be symptoms of dementia or of a worsening major depression. When in doubt, you should talk to your loved one about your concerns and then talk to his or her physician. In the meantime, be aware some of the symptoms you’ll likely encounter are perfectly normal. Here are some examples of perplexing behaviors that aren’t necessarily indicative of a more serious problem.

Major Emotional Changes: One Reason Adjusting to Assisted Living Takes Time

It’s definitely true adjusting to assisted living takes time. Some seniors settle in within a week or two, but others are still having trouble embracing their new normal after months. One of the best ways you can help your loved one transition into assisted living is to practice patience and empathy. Remind yourself moodiness, sadness and even occasional aggression are all normal and expected emotions and coping mechanisms for dealing with major change.

We hope you will consider our Village at Oakwood team a resource in this trying time. Don’t hesitate to contact us for advice and assistance.

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