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Many seniors suffer from depression. Symptoms can include feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, loneliness, and having a negative self-image. These feelings can affect the depressed person and their loved ones.
There are a number of signs a caregiver can look for to identify depression in a senior, and many ways they can help.
The death of a spouse can have a dramatic and negative impact on an older adult. That’s why family caregivers should keep a close eye on a parent who has lost a spouse. A good first step is a doctor’s physical.
Depression in the elderly is a widespread problem, but is not often recognized or treated, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A number of life changes can increase the risk for depression, or make existing depression worse. Caring for a spouse or family member also can add to those feelings of depression.
Life changes may increase the risk of depression in older adults. And if seniors are caring for spouses or other family members, that stress can intensify feelings of depression and even lead to illness and conditions such as diabetes. One answer is respite assistance, which can help family caregivers escape, even for a few hours a day or week.
Depression can be a serious disease in older adults and the causes are often varied. Surprisingly simple solutions sometimes help counteract depression such as vitamin supplementation, according to research, and companionship. It's always important to first have a doctor's assessment to determine the causes of depression and the best course of action.
Depression in seniors is not to be taken lightly. A number of resources can help family caregivers identify the signs that their older loved one might be depressed and give them the resources they need to help them assist that senior. One such resource is the Home Instead Senior Care® network, which can provide older adults with the companionship they oftentimes need to brighten their days.
Remembering career accomplishments can help older adults maintain happiness in their senior years, according to research. Companionship and the assistance of a professional caregiver can be an important component of happiness throughout life as well.
For Seniors Who Suffer From Loneliness and Depression, Help is Available
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