Ageing and Autism
Getting older involves going through a lot of changes. This includes changes in our bodies, how we feel and our ability to carry out tasks. There are also changes happening to the people we know. All of these can create extra anxiety for autistic people.
As autistic people often have sensory differences, these can also be affected by ageing and lead to anxiety. For example, someone who is sensitive to sound or light may experience changes in their hearing and sight, which could have either a positive or negative impact.
For autistic women, the menopause can also create additional stress, as hormone levels change and may lead to symptoms such as hot flushes and mood changes. Some autistic people may also have to deal with bereavements as they get older, which can have an impact on emotions and mental health.
Dealing with changes
It’s vital for anyone who is supporting autistic people to be sensitive to these changes and understand that they could potentially lead to anxiety and distress. As none of us can stop the ageing process, the best way to deal with it is to stay as healthy as possible, by eating nutritious food, exercising and looking after our mental wellbeing.
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