Depression, senile dementia, Alzheimer's disease are increasingly common diseases: the important thing is to grasp the symptoms as soon as they arise
When we were little our mother seemed eternal and stainless. Only growing up we realized that she, too, like everyone else, was inexorably experiencing physical and mental decay.
There is a phase then, generally middle age, in which children have to deal with problems of elderly parents who are not always easily manageable. Especially when it comes to the mental health of our loved ones we feel displaced, powerless, sometimes we are ashamed of their condition in front of others.
Depression, senile dementia, Alzheimer's disease are increasingly common pathologies in our society that compromise not only the lives of those who are afflicted but also of family members who must take care of these people. The problem is aggravated when behavioral signals are underestimated which, if taken into consideration as they emerge, can be useful to better diagnose the pathologies themselves and intervene in the most appropriate way.
If it is true that for a woman, her mother always remains an irreplaceable point of reference, even when she has gray hair, it is important to try to make her age in the best way, preventing disturbances that can compromise memory as much as possible reasoning, mood and relatedness.
This is why it is essential to be able to recognize the discontinuities, the changes that we find in our mother during the third age. As for his mood, first of all. If your mother has always been, for example, an optimistic and positive person and for some time now she has become very sad and easily irritated not to ignore it. It could be a passing mood, but if it persists it could be depression; or even the signs of the onset of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's or dementia. Better to know in advance.
Just as it is good to realize as soon as possible if your mother's life habits are drastically changing in the sign of indolence and isolation. If you have always taken long walks in the park and now you rarely see it coming out it may be depressed. There are many points of attention that can suggest us if you are well, or you are experiencing difficulties and should be supported. Even without appearing to be a "secret agent", it takes little to see if your mother does not wear make-up, she no longer finds peace in wearing jewelry or the clothes she has always loved, or if she is no longer a book reader for months.
Another sign of a possible malaise is the decrease in social relations. Even if in the second part of life the acquaintances can become less assiduous, mental health also passes from the ability to maintain human contacts with the neighbors, some friends, the family. If all this disappears you need to start asking yourself questions, perhaps hypothesize a visit with a geriatrician or a meeting with a psychotherapist to try to understand what is happening.
Finally, a classic sign of aging is the loss of memory. Here too we must make some distinctions. If the mother forgets where she has placed the house keys or the mobile phone, we can reasonably believe that it is the result of distraction (who doesn't?). Worrying must be other signals. For example, if your mother does not remember her home address or forgets to turn off the gas stove. In these cases it is essential to see clearly, for his well-being and his safety.