1) Irritability
2) Irrational fear of going out
3) Slowing of mental process
4) Distrust of others

Anxiety in the over 60’s tends to be of the “worst case; what if” type
If I go on this coach trip there might be an accident, or I might be left behind. If I go out in the car it might break down. The bank might go bust and I can not get any money etc. The chances of these things happening are very slight and so logic and rational thinking say they can be ignored but to a person with anxiety problems these are real tangible possibilities; attempting to use rational argument will not work as the reaction will be “you can not be certain it will not happen”

Many of the anxieties that affect older people, and often adversely affect their relationship with those who love and care for them; are centred around a fear of becoming forgetful and/or a fear of having their money stolen.

We all forget things from time to time but mostly pass this off as just a fact of life, for those suffering from anxiety this becomes a real fear that they are becoming senile and suffering from dementia. One fear, that is based on reality, is a fear of being hurt in a fall. A fall by an elderly person can have repercussions far worse than a similar fall would have in a younger person. In addition to broken bones that take much longer to heal, is the fear that they will fall any time they engage in some form of activity. They stagnate due to this fear and become physically frail, feeding the fear and it all becomes a downward spiral. In my part of the UK the NHS has a web site devoted to this problem and possible solutions

.Why do people of any age become anxious to the point where it has an adverse affect of their lives? The answer seems to lie in a combination of low self esteem and a perception that they- the victim- have lost control of their own life.

Do things to enhance your own self esteem, do things that give small levels of satisfaction and success and build on these slowly. Try to keep control of your own life. Use the network of friends and contacts you have built up over many years. Learn to use E mail and keep in touch with people you may have only exchanged Christmas cards with for years. If you care for an elderly person suffering from anxiety, then try to find things they can do and make sure they realize they have done it. Help them be self sufficient rather than dependent. It can be frustrating standing by, while a person of any age takes a while to do something that you can do quickly, but remember it is their life, their self esteem, their control over themselves that is important.

As an older person try to keep yourself active physically and mentally. If you do have a fall, then the use of magnetic enhanced supports, on injured joints, allow a faster return to normal activity. Anecdotal evidence, tells us that the use of the high quality Active bracelets and magnetised necklaces from Magnetic Therapy Ltd. can be very beneficial in retaining activity levels. This is probably due to the generally uplifting benefits of improved circulation of blood and energy.

Use Magnetic Therapy to stay active, keep the circulation going, and keep using the mind- do puzzles, sudoku, crosswords, Eat a healthy diet. Take the trouble to cook and look after yourself. Make the effort. Surf the net, use your local library. Get in touch with your local Age Concern; Join your local over 60’s group. All these things help prevention and reduce the levels of the condition.

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Personal Profile
Born 16/2/42 Educated at Technical High School and Colleges.
GCE (Maths Physics and English) ONC and NVQ qualifications in engineering and
Having trained as a technical engineer in electro magnetic motors I then spent many years studying, with the leading teachers of the time, holistic forms of health care. Including Shiatsu and Acupuncture. In the later part of this time I started to investigate the use of magnets as part of health care
I have treated thousands of patients using this experience and knowledge; I have worked in drug and alcohol abuse and at large private holistic clinics.
I worked in various industrial management roles including costing/ estimating and sales.
1983/4 studied Shiatsu at the East West Centre in London and continued studies with Harold Dull, Waturi Ohashi, Yamomoto etc
1984 to 1986 studied massage/ anatomy/ physiology/ acupuncture and homoeopathy with the Association of Natural Medicines.
1986 and on going started to study the effects of magnetism and energies in the human healing process.
All studies are on going, each treatment teaches a little more, each lecture and each conversation adds to the total stock of knowledge.
Was one of the earliest members of the Shiatsu Society in the UK and a founder member of the Suffolk and North Essex Shiatsu Association.
Organizer of the first East Anglian exhibitions of Natural Medicine
Co started the Green Lodge Centre for Integrated Medicines
Worked for 3 years at the Colchester Open Road drug and alcohol treatment centre the 3rd year as full time therapy co-ordinator
Taught Shiatsu at The Colchester Institute (a regional College of Anglian Polytechnic University)
Was an elected director of the Shiatsu Society for 2 years
Manager of Shiatsu International.
Now retired from providing treatments that incorporate Shiatsu, Acupressure, Magnet Therapy, Moxibustion and advice on herbal, flower and homoeopathic remedies.
I have developed an on line course of instruction in Magnetic Therapy
Author of books on the I Ching and Magnet Therapy ( The practical guide to magnet
therapy pub Godsfield Press and Magnet healing pub Time Life.) but now concentrating on the “on line magnetic therapy course” and working on other books