Senior citizen are susceptible to a variety of mental illness. Depression is the most common of these. Symptoms of depression include:

Lack of interest in activities you enjoyed doing.

Sadness or unexplained crying spells, jumpiness or irritability.

Loss of memory, inability to concentrate, confusion or disorientation.

Thoughts of death or suicide.

Change in appetite and sleep patterns.

Persistent fatigue, lethargy, aches and other unexplainable physical problems.

 

Dementia and Pseudo/dementias:

These health issues are characterized by confusion, memory loss and disorientation. Diseases such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s as well as high blood pressure and strokes may cause it. When organs such as the heart, lungs, thyroid, pituitary and other glands do not function well, mental processes are affected. This leads to Dementia.

Dementia is different form general forgetfulness and confusion that is part of old age and can easily be reversed.

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