St. Anthony's Behavioral Health Hospitals in Kansas

Seniors' Behavioral & Mental Health

Aging can bring many changes. While you should expect some differences as a regular part of healthy aging, not all changes are normal. At St. Anthony's Behavioral Health Hospital in Wichita, we help patients and their families every day with the questions they frequently have about aging and mental health.

Are problems sleeping or disinterest in eating and socializing a normal part of aging?

Changes in hormones, in life circumstances or losing a partner can leave people of any age reeling and can cause the symptoms described above. However, when these symptoms come on without a significant life change or if they are severe, it is time to have a consultation with a health professional. There are also many support groups where peer support can be beneficial, such as bereavement support.

If my parent forgets things, does that mean they have Alzheimer's disease?

There are many types of dementia, and Alzheimer's disease is one of them. However, forgetting the name of a neighbor from years earlier or forgetting to pick up bread from the store doesn't necessarily mean there is a problem. If your parent doesn't recognize a close family member or if they start getting lost or confused in familiar circumstances, that is a definite warning sign to get them checked out. When in doubt, consult a medical professional.

When should we seek help?

Anytime you notice a loved one is not themselves or if you or your family member feels that something is not quite right, seek a consultation. Depression and other mental health issues respond well to early treatment. Unfortunately, 35% of adults with depression fail to get treatment each year. Symptoms of dementia will continue to escalate with time, and early intervention is key to the effectiveness of treatment.

What type of treatment is available?

Based on the symptoms or diagnosis, there are many treatments available. Medications, therapies and lifestyle changes are all potential avenues that may be explored. A geriatric psychiatric facility specializes in treating mental and behavioral health issues prevalent in the aging population.

If my parent has no way to get to and from treatment, can they still get help?

When the family does not live close, it can be challenging to ensure that the patient is getting the care they need. Many times, our patients no longer drive and cannot get themselves to appointments. St. Anthony's Senior Care hospital has an inpatient short-stay treatment that may be a good option.

How can I find help?

If you have questions about what you or your loved ones are experiencing, contact St. Anthony's Senior Care Hospital Wichita today. Our caring staff is here to answer questions and inform you of treatment options.

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