Health Concerns in Seniors That Can Cause Negative Mood Changes
Updated: Mar 28
We all have good days and bad days, and we are all entitled to a little crankiness or negative thinking every so often. If you care for an aging loved one who seems to have created a routine of constant negativity and complaining, however, it is worthwhile to explore whether a health problem may be the culprit.
Here are several health concerns in seniors that could cause ongoing negativity, and how you can help.
Medication side effects. A number of medications – including those meant to help with mood, such as antidepressants – may cause problematic mood swings. Medications for hypertension, seizures, and inflammation can cause behavioral and personality alterations in some people. Once again, consult with the doctor, and go through each of the older adult's prescriptions to find out if the problem comes from one medication or perhaps the interaction of multiple medications together.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs). One of the many common health concerns in seniors are UTIs. A UTI’s classic symptoms of burning, pain, and urgency to urinate may include additional effects for seniors, including angry outbursts, irritability, confusion, as well as other changes in behavior or mood. Speak with the physician to rule out a urinary tract infection if you notice these kinds of uncharacteristic behaviors.
Dementia. Mood and personality changes are common in dementia. It’s crucial to recognize that these changes are a symptom of the physiological changes in the brain, and are not a reflection of the person’s own choices and decisions. There are medicinal and natural treatment options that can help the person feel calmer and less agitated that you may desire to explore.
Pain. A recent research study discovered that participants who are enduring chronic pain reported a rise in negative moods, including fatigue, anger, tension, depression, anxiety, and much more. It is worthwhile to discuss any of these mood changes with the physician, as these types of mood changes actually impact the effectiveness of pain management treatments.
Boredom or loneliness can cause negative mood changes as well. Whatever the cause, chronic negativity can wear on a caregiver’s own sense of comfort and wellbeing. It is important to be able to step away from your caregiving role on a regular basis, and to make this time away a top priority. The senior will also benefit from the chance to spend time with different friends, family members, or a professional caregiver. These breaks are a healthy part of your caregiver/care receiver relationship – for both of you.
The Care Company’s caregivers are compassionate companions who can help brighten the mood of the older adults we serve. All of our caregiving staff are fully trained, background checked, and experienced in a wide range of home care services for seniors. Contact us online or at (416) 422-2273 to learn exactly how we can help someone you love with senior home care in the Greater Toronto area, while allowing you the time needed to rest and rejuvenate.