Seniors deal with anxiety and depression at alarming rates. According to WebMD, about 6 million Americans age 65 and older suffer from depression, but only 10% will receive treatment for it. While it may seem natural for seniors to be dealing with anxiety and depression as they face mortality, they do not need to accept it as inevitable. It is not a normal part of aging that happens to everyone.
Your senior loved one can get treatment for their anxiety and depression and restore their enjoyment and quality of life. One great option for treating both of these conditions is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
What is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy?
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy involves refocusing a person’s attention on the present moment so that they do not obsess about what they have lost or about their future. Mindfulness helps a person let go of their judgments about themselves. Mindfulness helps people identify their negative thoughts and feelings and replace them by focusing on the present on or positive thoughts.
How Effective is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy?
Many studies have been conducted on this type of therapy. Research demonstrates that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is effective at treating depression and preventing depressive relapse. It also reduced anxiety, stress and negative emotions more than other forms of treatment.
Some research indicates that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can be more effective than medications for depression. As seniors may not be able to take antidepressants, as they could interfere with other medications commonly prescribed in old age, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be a good alternative to medication. However, this should be discussed with a therapist.
Why is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy a Good Choice for Seniors?
This therapy type appears to be most effective for those who have suffered at least three periods of depression. As they are older, seniors are more likely to meet this criterion, and more likely to have tried other forms of treatment that were more popular in the past. As it is new and effective, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is an excellent option for seniors who are suffering from depression or anxiety and have tried other treatments.
Further, research indicates that if people can transition to practicing mindfulness at home instead of just in a therapist’s office, they will see more benefit from the treatment. When you receive treatment in your home it may be easier for you to transition to practicing mindfulness on your own. Familiar surroundings help habits develop. That’s one reason we’re committed to offering seniors therapy in their homes.
Reach out to us at Colorado In-Home Counseling today to talk about how you or your senior loved one with anxiety or depression can benefit from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.