What are older adult issues?
More and more people are living longer lives and are facing difficulties when they become older adults. With aging, the ability to do daily activities becomes difficult to some degree for every person.
Older people tend to have more disorders and disabilities. But the more prominent concerns for older people are more than just changes in physical health. Social issues including exposure to friends and family, living arrangements and employment often influence poor quality of life for older people.
Research has found that whilst most older adults report good mental health compared to other age groups, one in four older adults experience a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia or dementia.
Anxiety and depression in older people can occur for different reasons, but physical illness or grief and loss can be common triggers.
Other challenges older adults may face include loneliness, existential crises such as a person’s legacy or what their life has meant, boredom and discrimination or inability to work.
Why see a psychologist?
Seeing a psychologist can be an empowering experience for older adults. Speaking to someone and being heard, learning new skills, and gaining tools to improve quality of life can all be benefits of seeing a psychologist as an older adult. It’s never too late to improve your quality of life.
Psychology Melbourne's team of psychologists employ Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and other forms of evidence-based psychotherapy to help challenge or change problematic thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. With almost 30 psychologists in and around Melbourne, Psychology Melbourne has the right psychologist for you. Book in today for an initial matching session or call reception on 96291001 to discuss appointment availability.
What signs are impacting you?
Some of the signs that suggest you have poor quality of life include:
- Low mood
- Lack of interest or enjoyment
- Profound and persistent tiredness
- Reduced appetite, or over-eating
- Insomnia or fatigue
- Feelings of loneliness
- Feelings of dread
- Often crying
- Feelings of resentment toward others
Facts about older adults
- Older adults can learn skills in late life, although learning some skills may take longer than younger adults. The saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, is a myth.
- Many older adults work, volunteer and act as caregivers. Regular positive interactions with family and friends and being involved in different social networks can help improve quality of life for older adults.
- Whilst sexual activity may reduce in older adulthood, many older adults continue to enjoy fulfilling sex live. Benefits of sexual activity include improved sleep, reduced stress, positive mood and marital satisfaction.
Why seek professional assistance?
If you feel as though your quality of life could be improved and you’re ready to make a change, seeing a psychologist might be the right decision for you. It’s never too late to learn new skills and gain invaluable tools which improve your quality of life. You can find the right psychologist for you by booking online or speak to our friendly receptionist by calling (03) 9629 1001.