Older adults and the elderly have their own set of circumstances, challenges, and risk factors related to their mental health and wellbeing that differ from other age groups.
Australian studies have revealed that the major areas of stress for older people are:
Poor physical health/living with chronic illness
Social isolation and loneliness
Changing living arrangements
A challenge common to many older adults is the experience of grief and loss around their independence, working life, and mobility. Older adults might need help managing day-to-day activities that they used to do themselves. This can lead to frustration, anger, and family conflicts. Grieving a life partner is often another reality of growing older. Many also have to cope with chronic physical ailments, pains, and changes in their cognitive function, which could lead to feelings of stress and anxiety.
The psychologists at Wellbeing in Mind Psychological Services are experienced in providing care to older adults and to support them in increasing their well-being.