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The problem with aging is not that it's one damn thing after another—it's every damn thing, all at once, all the time.

― John Scalzi, Old Man's War

What is the worst of woes that wait on age?

What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow?

To view each loved one blotted from life's page,

And be alone on earth, as I am now.

- LORD BYRON, Childe Harold

It’s rightly said, one must try to learn from elderly, gain something out of their knowledge, experience and wisdom. Indeed, they are the most inspiring and motivating teachers we can have. You will find a variety of people at every age group. You may find people who are healthy and strong at the age of 100, while you may come across some others who are physically and mentally unwell at the age of 60. However, since this page aims at identifying the mental health problems associated with older generation and understanding the reasons behind them, we will focus on that aspect majorly.

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Old age is a period of physical decline. Older people are also more susceptible to psychotic depressions. People belonging to the older generation may also get hassled emotionally due to their increased dependency on others and loss of spouse. To add up to the stress, the negligence and indifferent attitude of the family members towards the older people creates more emotional problems. The social life of senior citizens is narrowed down by loss of work associated, death of relatives, friends and spouse and weak health which restricts their participation in social activities and eventually leads to loneliness. And let’s not forget the trauma caused due to retirement, loss of income and limitations in pensions.

The most commonly seen mental health disorders in older people are Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia, Schizophrenia, Depression and Anxiety.