The National Council on Aging reports that chronic anxiety affects up to 14% of seniors and that a larger percentage of older adults have an diagnosed anxiety disorder. While it’s normal for seniors to worry about their health and finances, their lives should not be disrupted by these (and other) concerns. Otherwise, excessive worry can lead to decreased quality of life, social withdrawal, compromised self-care, and worsening health problems. Anxiety disorders can also coexist with physical disorders including heart and lung diseases and mood disorders such as depression. With all this in mind, seniors have every reason to seek diagnosis and treatment. The good news is that anxiety can be effectively managed with psychotherapy and lifestyle changes (e.g., added exercise).
If you are dealing with anxiety and don’t want to accommodate it by accepting limitations, you would benefit greatly from working with one of our compassionate and experienced therapists. By seeking the cause of your anxiety and eliminating it, you will have a much healthier and happier life. Maintain your quality of life call one of our offices for an appointment or take our free on-line self-assessment on this website,
P.S. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), which is thought to be the most common anxiety disorder in older adults, is often triggered by a traumatic event.