Five Types of Mental Health Issues Your Senior May Face at the End of Her Life

Mental health is just as important at the end of your senior’s life as it is at any other time of her life, if not more so. Here are just a few of the ways your senior’s mental health may be impacted at the end of her life.

Restlessness and Agitation

Your elderly family member’s physical health and mental health are intrinsically tied together. As she starts to experience worsening health, she may have more difficulty sleeping and she may be more restless. She’s likely to experience this even if she’s bedridden. That can leave her feeling agitated, which then contributes to difficulty sleeping as well.

Trouble Adjusting to Losses

It’s also difficult for your elderly family member to adjust to all that she may be losing. Those losses may be happening more suddenly than she expected, especially in terms of physical decline. She may have a shorter fuse than usual as she tries to come to terms with the different changes that are going on in her life.

Disorientation

If your elderly family member is experiencing cognitive changes and decline, she may find that it is difficult for her to keep up with little details. Things like what day it is or whether it’s morning or evening can be confusing for her. She may need a little more help grounding into the reality around her.

Worry Over Care

Worry is also a big part of mental health challenges that can be facing your senior at the end of her life. She may worry that her wishes won’t be honored as closely as she would prefer, especially if her wishes go against what you or other family members have stated you would prefer. One way to help her to alleviate these worries is to work with end-of-life care providers who acknowledge that they know her wishes, too.

Existential Worries

Another type of worry that can plague your senior is that of what happens after she dies. This may not have been something that worried her in the past, but she may have a lot more time to think about that sort of thing now. There’s also nothing like the end of someone’s life to cause them to think about those sorts of questions. Talk to your senior about what might help. Sometimes people find that talking with a religious leader is helpful.

It’s never easy knowing that your elderly family member is nearing the end of her life. Knowing that she’s also dealing with mental health challenges can also leave you feeling helpless. End-of-life care providers can help you to find the mental health assistance that your senior needs most.

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING END-OF-LIFE CARE IN CHICO, CA, FOR AN AGING LOVED ONE, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT PIC COMFORT CARE TODAY. CALL (530) 885-9948.

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