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The Long-Term Psychological Impact of COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic brought many changes to our lives and has altered our daily routines and relationships. During the height of the pandemic, many of us worry about getting sick and what the future will bring. For older adults, especially those without a Medicare benefit in Florida, the pandemic brought about new challenges to their health and overall well-being.

In addition to our physical health, the coronavirus pandemic also affects our mental health. Job loss, financial hardship, grief, and social isolation can have long-lasting psychological effects, especially for aging adults. Hence, the pandemic has increased the risk of the following mental health disorders:

  • Depression

    Signs of depression in older adults include feelings of sadness and despair, along with a lack of energy and motivation. They may experience sleep disturbances, weight changes, and memory problems. Counseling for seniors is effective in addressing depression and its symptoms. One of the most common causes of depression during the pandemic is social isolation.

  • Anxiety

    Seniors with anxiety may experience digestive problems, chest pain, muscle tension, difficulty breathing, and irritability. Common triggers for seniors include dementia, grief, loss of independence, and health problems. Individual counseling can help seniors manage anxiety. Anxiety disorder is also linked to multiple factors like poor health, sleeping problems, physical impairments, and the side effects of certain medications.

Here at A & B Counseling Services LLC, we offer counseling services for aging adults. As a Medicare benefit in Texas, our goal is to help seniors meet their mental health goals. Reach out to us to learn more.

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