Senior Citizen Psychiatric Treatment In Pune

It is very important to take care for Senior Citizens physically as well as mentally. When individuals get older and retire there is a drastic change in their lifestyle. There are many mental problems associated with old age which when detected at an early stage can be easily cured. Dr. Manoj Bajpayee offers comprehensive Senior Citizen Psychiatric treatment in Pune. He is highly qualified and experienced in dealing with the various problems associated with old age and has been successfully helping senior citizens overcome their mental traumas and lead a contented life.

Symptoms of aging are not the same in all people and hence it needs to be treated accordingly. As a geriatric psychiatrist my prime aim is to deal with the mental and behavioral disorders in old people and help them clear their worries and tensions and sharpen their memories too and restore mental stability.

Old Age Problems that needs to be assessed

Retirement

Being retired (or semi-retired) can also be a busy phase of life wherein you can plan to spend a quality time with family and friends. There are a great deal of work which old people can do like taking care of grandchildren, learning new activities and skills, doing things which you always wanted to do. Not everyone feels ready to retire especially if work or career is a major part of your life. It can affect you in the following way:

  • The social aspect of your life with regards to friendship
  • Your sense of self-esteem and self-worth if you felt valued at work
  • Your financial security

Depression

It describes a range of moods, from feeling a bit low in mood to feeling unable to cope with everyday life. Depression can affect anyone, of any culture, age or background. But it generally occurs more in older people than any other age group. Older people are much more vulnerable to different factors that lead to depression like:

  • Being widowed or divorced
  • Being retired/unemployed
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Physical disability
  • Illness
  • Isolation and Loneliness

Dementia

It refers to the decline in mental ability which affects an individual memory, thinking, problem-solving, concentration and perception. Dementia mainly occurs due to the parts of the brain that deal with our thought processes or death of brain cells. The symptoms associated with dementia include;

  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Display of Repetitive Behavior
  • Irritable
  • Tearful
  • Agitation

All these above factors can be very distressing for both the person with dementia and their family and friends.

Alcohol abuse

Although it is a problem for people of all ages, alcohol abuse is more likely to go unrecognized among older people. Reasons for alcohol abuse in older age can be due to:

  • Bereavement
  • Due to losses
  • Loneliness
  • Physical ill health
  • Disability
  • Pain
  • Loss of independence
  • Boredom
  • Depression
  • Retirement may also provide more opportunities for drinking too much

Medication

It is also noted that some medications can also cause symptoms associated with mental illness in older people. Multiple medications lead to many risks including confusion.

Mental capacity and caring for others

  • People with dementia or severe mental illness may not be able to make decisions neither will they be able to communicate decisions. Some older people may have partial or fluctuating mental capacity and may need help.
  • Older people with the problem of dementia often need special support. These people will take longer time to make decisions. They may also need an advocate to speak on their behalf and their mental functioning may also vary by day, and time of day.

Family members or carers should take time to understand the various problems associated with older people. It is always better to take psychiatrist help as they are professionally qualified to deal with these problems and help senior citizens to overcome their troubles and mental trauma. All they require is a peaceful life especially during the last phase of life and as a psychiatrist I am always ready to listen to their woes and help to cure them effectively.