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Spotting Depression In Seniors Receiving Elder Care Services

Nov 10, 2017 by Garrett Hafler

Depression has become a very serious and very prevalent issue for the many seniors today that are receiving elder care services. For some seniors, this depression comes as a side effect of medications, as part of the aging process or as a result of the difficult transition to needing in home care. No matter what the reason, depression is extremely common among elderly adults.

This is why, if you have a loved one who is receiving elder care services, you need to be on the lookout for the signs of depression. While it may be a difficult condition and one that is unfortunately quite common, depression is also quite treatable in many seniors. Ultimately, all most seniors need is a family member or loved one to encourage them to get the help that they need.

The first step of encouraging any senior to get help is to spot some of the signs and symptoms of depression. While every senior and every situation is unique, here are some of the most common signs that an elderly adult may be dealing with depression.

  • Sudden changes in sleep patterns, such as staying in bed all day or suffering from insomnia
  • Experiencing sudden changes in weight, such as rapid weight loss or weight gain for no apparent reasons
  • Issues with wanting to get up and get out of bed in the morning
  • Struggling to bathe or groom daily as expected
  • Wearing the same clothes every day
  • Not wanting to engage in beloved activities or hobbies
  • Experiencing sudden mood swings or changes in personality or behavior

Keep these signs and signals in mind if your loved one is receiving elder care services. While these seniors may be more prone to depression, having an elder care provider around can ensure that there is someone there to spot depression early on, so that these individuals may get the help they need to get on the road to recovery.


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