We've all seen the stereotypes of the grouchy old man or the crabby old lady but in reality Americans are living longer and healthier than ever. If you or a loved one is experiencing the anger of aging you should become proactive: find the root of the problem and take steps to defeat it.
Your first step should be a full physical from head to toe. Often anger is caused by a physical ailment that needs to be diagnosed and can be as simple as a vitamin deficiency. If your parent is having a hard time walking or doing other physical activities an exercise class may be the solution, or they may be having a reaction to a medication.
Sometimes anger is caused by the frustration of not being able to remember things like you used to. Our brains need exercise too, and cognitive activities such as memory games and puzzles can help relieve this frustration.
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Many seniors suffer from depression and one of the ways it is expresses is through anger. According to John Hopkins Medicine there are over 50 symptoms of depression and several different types and causes. Depression isn't something you can just "get over" so you should ask your physician for a referral if you suspect depression is the cause of the anger. There are many treatments for depression including medications and therapy; one type known as seasonal affective depression is treated by simply getting outside in the sun more often.
Often as we age our socialization becomes limited which in turn can cause anger from being isolated. You or your parent should make sure to get out and about more often and interact with others. Joining an exercise class, going for daily walks, meeting a group for lunch once a week, or joining a class are all great ways to socialize and release your inner angst.