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Q. My 72-year-old mother used to be vibrant and active. But since my dad passed away, she's gradually become more isolated and sullen. I'm worried that she's depressed. How can I know for sure and do you have any suggestions?
Only a doctor can know if your mom suffers from depression. Encourage her to make an appointment as soon as possible. When you have a diagnosis, you'll know for sure.
According to the Website www.NIHSeniorHealth.gov, following are signs of depression:
The www.NIHSeniorHealth.gov site, a joint effort of the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, has added information about depression to their website in an effort to better educate seniors and their families. (Click on "D" for more information about depression.)
Changes that occur as people age – such as the loss of a spouse – can often lead to depression, although it is not considered a normal part of aging, experts say. If the diagnosis is depression, a doctor might recommend therapy or medication. In addition to her doctor's recommendations, why not encourage your mother to reconnect with the world? Rediscovering hobbies and activities can help her to find her way back to society.
Perhaps she is neglecting friendships and others with whom she used to enjoy spending time. Ask her to invite a friend to lunch or coffee. Churches, synagogues and senior centers also are great places for older adults to get involved.
Or, if your mother is not outgoing, why not call a local Home Instead Senior Care® office. The company employs many older adults as companions who would enjoy outings and activities with your mom. These CAREGivers, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, also can help your mother maintain her independence by assisting with meal preparation, light housekeeping errands and shopping.
With the proper treatment, hopefully your mom will be feeling better in no time.
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