Caring for the Mental Health of Aging Family Members

While I frequently share information about supporting children’s mental health, adolescent mental health, and the mental health of everyone else, I have failed to address a very important group of our population – aging adults. Like children, older adults may have symptoms that appear to be physical in nature, but in actuality are a manifestation of depression or anxiety.

Amanda Lambert and Leslie Eckford are co-authors of “Choose Your Place: Rethinking Home as You Age,” “Aging with Care: Your Guide to Hiring and Managing Caregivers at Home” and “Beating the Senior Blues: How to Feel Better and Enjoy Life Again.”

Download this episode here or find wherever you get podcasts!

Key Topics:

– Amanda and Leslie’s background in elder care

– The stigma of mental health and aging

– Symptoms of depression and anxiety in older adults and why it manifests differently

– How to advocate for parents as they age

– Adapting to the role reversal of child to caregiver

– Finding boundaries in caring for aging parents

– Resentments that develop

– Multi-generational living and all it entails

– How to fully support the mental health of the elderly

– The importance of regular communication

To learn more about Amanda and Leslie, head to mindfulaging.com.

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