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In Home Senior Care Experts Talk About Depression In The Elderly

Apr 24, 2018 by Garrett Hafler

Depression does not just affect a specific set of individuals and it does not only affect one gender. In fact, depression can affect anyone at any time and it can be devastating to the person. Seniors do experience depression, but it is often not talked about as much as it is with younger or middle-aged individuals. In home senior care professionals want you to understand that depression may arise in an elderly individual because they are facing medical issues, they are lonely in their home, or they have recently lost a loved one or friend. Your loved one’s in home senior care team has provided some important signs and symptoms below that you should take note of and watch for in your parent.

These symptoms may present themselves all at once or gradually over time. In home senior care teams warn that not all symptoms have to be present either for your loved one to have depression. With that said, medications and diseases can also present similar symptoms, so if you have any concerns, you should talk to your beloved senior’s primary care provider.

  • Unexplained pain and aches
  • Loss of appetite or skipping meals consistently
  • Thoughts of suicide or hopelessness
  • Weight loss, especially drastic and unexplained
  • Sleep issues
  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Forgetting to take medications
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • No motivation or energy to perform tasks
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or socialization and friends

At Comfort Keepers, we know how hard it is to watch your loved one struggle and that is why our in home senior care team is here to help. We can assist your loved one in their daily tasks and we can keep an eye out for any depression symptoms. Our team members will act as a companion for your loved one too. Call us at your convenience if you would like to learn more about our team.

 

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