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The effects of mental illness can often be just as bad, if not worse than their physical counterparts, especially for the elderly and their respective caretakers. Whereas a bodily injury can render an individual incapable of performing everyday tasks, and thus make them increasingly more dependent on their loved ones, that person has a conscious awareness of their surroundings and can effectively communicate their needs.
For example, if he or she is experiencing pain or needs to use the restroom,telling a relative what they want is easy enough. On the other hand, disorders that affect the mind and thought processes — such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, greatly complicate matters and make managing day-to-day living nearly impossible at times.