Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses affecting seniors. Seniors have to deal with an increase in mortality rates, physical ailment, chronic illness, insomnia, and a decrease in mobility and independence. There is no doubt that social distancing will exacerbate already existing feelings of anxiety and depression among seniors.
In a study conducted by the American Psychiatry Association, nearly 40% of the participants were anxious about “becoming ill or dying from the virus while 62% of the participants were anxious about the possibility of a family member or loved one contacting the virus.
While anxiety levels increase in the world, it is important to focus on the most important demographic of the population – the elderly. Seniors are the most susceptible to the coronavirus because they may already have existing issues, and their immune system may not be strong enough to fight the virus.
Fortunately, our team has been able to come up with five tips on alleviating anxiety in seniors:
We advise family members to stay connected digitally. Social media has made it easy for us to feel connected in some way. We have found that it is helpful to check on senior loved ones at the beginning and at the end of the day (just before they retire for the night. This can exists in the form of video chats, texts, pictures, etc. Stay connected. It can be as simple as asking them how they’re doing and how they are coping with the stress.
Feelings of loneliness are more prevalent in seniors. We have found that seniors with strong external support tend to do better emotionally. We know digital interactions are not the same as physical, social interactions. This inconvenience is only for a little while, and we will get through it.
*If anxiety/stress levels persist, consider consulting a healthcare professional.
During this time, our seniors require additional measures of care. We are doing our best to their needs (food, medication, baths) while simultaneously ensuring their optimal safety.
If you are reading this, and you’re worried about your loved one at GYC; we’ve come to tell you, “do not worry, they are in good hands.”
Here at GYC, we treat our seniors like our own family.