Ask an expert
Search expert health advice:
Browse by expert
- Allergy expert
- Anti-ageing expert
- Arthritis expert
- Breast cancer expert
- Cancer expert
- Oral health expert
- Diabetes expert
- EnviroHealth expert
- Family law expert
- Fertility expert
- Flu expert
- Headache expert
- Healthy Bones
- Hearing Expert
- Hypertension expert
- Incontinence Expert
- Labour lawyer
- Meditation Expert
07 Dec 2005
Old age emotions?
My father was never an emotional person, and although he played with us and read us stories when we were children, he was not the hugging, touchy-feely kind of man. He still isn't that, but what is kind of weird to me is how emotional he has become. He is a very healthy and sprightly 84, but now cries easily. I'm not too clued up on hormones and stuff. Do men in old age become emotional, or should I worry about my dad? I don't mind men being emotional (although, admittedly, I wouldn't like my man to burst out crying the way I often do!), but since this is something new in my dad, I'm not sure how to react. It's not only for sad things, he would also cry in a movie, when hearing nice music, etc. My mom, to whom he has been married 55 years, is the really emotional one, so we're used to that, but not to him being emotional.
Most of us become more emotional in old age, as it can be part of senility. So long as it's still in appropriate settings and with appropriate causes, it's probably OK. If he starts getting undult forgetful, too, then maybe a checkup with the doctor might be useful.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
- WATCH | Covid-19 vaccines: Pfizer fast facts
- Psychologists find a key reason for 'Zoom fatigue' and why women are more susceptible
- Is your stuffy nose 'stuffing up' your brain?
- Covid-19 infection indoors: This app can tell you how long it will take to catch the virus
- OPINION | Ivermectin: Why a potential Covid-19 treatment isn’t recommended for use
- EXPLAINER | What we know about the day the Coka brothers were killed on an Mpumalanga farm
- Green light for Hlophe participation in Western Cape High Court interviews after Winde agrees to attend
- Absa chair says 'clashes' led to sudden departure of bank's first black CEO
- I'd do it again... Lucky Montana maintains he did nothing wrong as CEO at Prasa
- Over 60s encouraged to get the flu vaccine before Covid-19 jab
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
32% - 9438 votes
68% - 20021 votes