Psychological Counseling Improves Happiness and Health for Seniors

Author: Gold Crest Care Center
Published: 2014/11/22 - Updated: 2021/03/21
Contents: Summary - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: Gold Crest Care Center focuses on how psychological counseling can lead to improved happiness and health for the elderly. Because of the stigma often associated with mental illness, seniors are more likely to seek help for physical symptoms than psychological symptoms. Depression that goes undiagnosed increases the risk of suicide; in fact, it's the leading risk factor for suicide among seniors.

Introduction

Gold Crest Care Center, a trusted Bronx nursing home, is spreading the word that psychological issues are not simply a natural consequence of aging. With as many as 95 percent of skilled nursing residents suffering from mental illness, psychological counseling is a vital service to help seniors continue a happy and healthy life.

Main Digest

Depression, anxiety and dementia commonly affect seniors. Many cases can improve with treatment, notes Dr. Owen Golden, Gold Crest Care Center's Medical Director. Seniors often feel embarrassment at asking for help for psychological issues, making counseling services even more important. The American Psychiatric Association notes that a number of factors can cause psychological issues in seniors:

Untreated mental illness can have serious consequences for older seniors, reports the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Depression that goes undiagnosed increases the risk of suicide; in fact, it's the leading risk factor for suicide among seniors. Depression also increases the risk of death from other causes. The high rate of psychological illness among older seniors, in particular, can be related to some life events that often occur when an individual reaches an advanced age:

Mental health and physical health affect each other, Dr. Golden notes. Symptoms of mental illness often mimic physical issues and are easily misdiagnosed, and they are sometimes wrongly written off as inescapable consequences of aging. Common symptoms include:

Because of the stigma often associated with mental illness, seniors are more likely to seek help for physical symptoms than psychological symptoms. Bronx rehabilitation center Gold Crest Care Center provides a full range of medical services to appropriately diagnose any problems impeding residents from enjoying a dynamic, satisfying lifestyle. Board-certified physicians and registered nurses are on call around the clock to provide any needed care.

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