There are countless ways your mental health can change as you age. Unfortunately, this isn’t just a biological issue; mental health changes are a result of an accumulation of factors, including biological factors, social changes, and other psychological shifts. All of these factors are more likely to happen at big life transitions, including college graduations, marriages, and — most significantly of all — retirement.

Here are some common mental health concerns that can occur as you or your loved ones reach retirement age.

Anxiety

Large life transitions, whether good or bad, can leave you with heightened feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Any change in routine or lifestyle can feel overwhelming, and often necessitates a period of anxiety before a new stasis is achieved. This is exceedingly common in retirees who transition to a memory care facility or another nursing home.

Anxiety is becoming more common in just about everyone. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or have racing thoughts, don’t hesitate to reach out to your primary care physician or therapist for healthy coping strategies.

Depression

Depression is another common mental illness throughout the U.S. population. However, this mental illness is increasingly common among the elderly. This is often triggered by bereavement, or the loss of old friends and close loved ones, like your spouse. As the people we love grow up, move away, or pass on, this can make anyone feel sad. Prolonged feelings of loneliness, isolation, or apathy can result in major depressive disorder. Talking to a mental health professional or your doctor becomes a necessity if you struggle with depression.

Dementia and Alzheimers

One of the primary biological results of aging take the form of Alzheimers and dementia. These memory disorders are characterized by short and long-term memory loss, confusion, and the inability to perform familiar tasks. Senior memory care has become an increasingly common service in many nursing homes and other retirement communities. It’s estimated that around 70% of Americans over the age of 65 will need long-term care at some point in the future.

If you want to learn more about senior memory care, contact Heritage Hills of Oceanside today. Our staff of medical professionals will work hard to assure the needs of your loved ones are taken care of by our supportive services.