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Elderly Depression

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on May 27, 2015 12:36:48 PM

Elderly Depression, Symptoms and Strategies near Cameron Park CA

Elderly depression is something that affects a large portion of the population and though there is a misconception that this condition primarily affects teenagers and young adults, senior adults are actually at some of the highest risk of not only developing depression, but suffering with it for an Depressed_senior_cowboy_web.jpgextended period. Older adults cope with depression for a wide variety of reasons, including losing their partners and other loved ones, facing their own mortality, decreased social interaction, isolation, and dealing with increased physical and mobility issues. These feelings are not just uncomfortable, they can lead to loss of motivation and faster physical decline.

Making protecting your senior loved ones from elderly depression part of your elderly care plan is an important element of keeping them emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy. Use these tips to help your seniors ward off depression and live a higher quality of life: 

Senior Depression Quiz

• Watch for signs of depression.

Staying vigilant about your parents' condition and wellbeing is essential to not only detecting depression but finding ways you can help them get through it. Pay close attention to your parents' behaviors, appearance, and how they interact with the world around them. If they are losing weight, detaching themselves from people and things they used to enjoy, not taking care of themselves as well, or becoming more irritable, they may be depressed

• Keep them talking.

Older adults, particularly those who have recently entered an elderly care relationship with a family caregiver, often feel overlooked and like they are not being heard. Keep these feelings at bay by talking with them, listening to them, and involving them in your decision-making. This prevents feelings of being forgotten and helps maintain independence. Talking with them also helps them express their emotions and let you know when they need more support

• Show compassion.

Your aging parents may have more difficulty getting through situations than you would expect. The loss of a friend or family member, moving out of their home, stopping driving, or even finding out that their vision is worse than they thought can worsen depression. Rather than thinking they should get through the situation in the same way you would, show support and love as you guide them through. If they seem to be dwelling on the bad situation, however, you may need to get them additional help.

• Widen their social circle.

Older adults tend to not be as social as younger adults. This can lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness, and worsened depression. Widen their social circle by hiring an elderly health care services provider who can offer companionship and transportation, enabling your seniors to participate in more activities

• Keep them healthy.

Physical health can make a major impact on mental and emotional health. Keep your elderly loved ones physically healthy by encouraging them to eat a well-balanced diet, getting plenty of exercise, and following all of the treatment recommendations of their physicians.

References:

National Institute of Health

WebMD

 

Patrick Philbrick is a published authoer and  Director of Harmony Home Care. Harmony provides Senior In-Home Care services for the greater Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado Counties including: S For more information and a FREE assessment CALL (916) 414-9100.

Topics: Depression and Mental Health, Caregiver Information and Support, Health/Medical