Unfortunately, among seniors, depression is a fairly common issue that many endure. There are quite a few causes and symptoms of elderly depression, all of which can completely affect the senior care and your loved one’s life. Since senior depression often goes unnoticed, it’s important to stay vigilant of the causes and the symptoms. Often times, seniors are reluctant to discuss their feelings of sadness are assume that sadness is simply a part of the aging process.
If you’re in charge of the senior care for your loved one, one of the best things you can do is to make yourself aware of the causes and the symptoms of senior depression. By doing so, you can catch depression early on or help to completely prevent it from happening.
Familiarize yourself with the causes of senior depression below to catch red flags:
- Medical Conditions: Certain conditions Parkinson’s Disease, thyroid disorders, Cancer and Lupus can specifically trigger depression.
- Fears: A fear of death or dying can lead to depression or developing an anxiety due to health and/or financial issues.
- Loneliness and Isolation: Decreased mobility and/or the inability to drive; a decreasing social circle from living alone.
- Loss of Sense of Purpose: Physical limitations impacting activities that were once enjoyed; retirement leading to a loss of identity or purpose.
- Health Issues: Caused by illnesses or disabilities; chronic and severe pain; cognitive declines.
- Recent Bereavements: Recent losses of friends, family members, a spouse/partner, or a pet.
By being aware of the symptoms below, you can significantly improve your loved one’s senior care:
- Neglecting personal care
- Sadness and despair; feelings of hopelessness; loss of self-worth
- Aches and pains that are unexplained
- The use of alcohol or other drugs (or increased use)
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- Poor sleeping habits
- Loss of interest and activities; lack of motivation and energy
- Weight loss and/or loss of appetite
- Slower speech and/or movements
If you are concerned that your loved one may be showing signs of depression, it’s important to start a conversation about their emotional and mental health.
At Home Care Assistance, we offer senior care that supports both the physical and emotional health of seniors through the Balanced Care Method.
Contact us to learn how our home care plans can help combat depression and loneliness in your loved one.