Depression in the elderly

Isolation and depression in the elderly.

What are the symptoms of depression in the elderly.

Isolation and Depression in the Elderly

Health and mobility problems may prevent seniors from socializing or communicating with others outside the home. For example, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, many older adults avoided socializing due to their increased risk of developing serious COVID-19 complications. Lack of interaction may have increased the rate of health problems among the elderly.

Isolation is a major concern for seniors living alone and can lead to an increase in depression, anxiety, dementia, and other health problems. The first step to managing depression and isolation in seniors is knowing and understanding the symptoms.

What are the symptoms of depression in the elderly?

It's normal to feel down, lonely, anxious, sad, or "empty" occasionally. However, if these feelings persist for weeks or months, they may indicate depression in seniors. Other symptoms of depression include:

    Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
    Nervousness, restlessness, or difficulty sitting still
    Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
    Decreased energy or fatigue
    Moving or speaking more slowly
    Difficulty with concentration, memory or decision making
    Changes in sleep habits, such as difficulty falling asleep, waking up too early, or sleeping too much
    Changes in appetite, including eating too much or too little
    Thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts

How to Reduce the Risk of Developing Depression?

Unfortunately, there is no surefire way to prevent seniors from developing depression. But you can reduce their risk by taking steps to prevent social isolation. Keeping a senior active and engaged can seem difficult, especially if you live far away or your loved one lives with health, cognitive or mobility limitations. However, several strategies can help prevent isolation in seniors and encourage social contact, including:

"Sumer human resources and home services' customized programs provide your loved ones with dignified and compassionate care so they can remain independent in their homes."

    Calling them by phone or video chat Regular communication with loved ones, even through phone calls, FaceTime, or Zoom, can help an older adult maintain social connections . If your loved one struggles with technology, a professional caregiver can help with setup and troubleshooting.
    Making them feel needed and valued Depression in older adults can sometimes stem from feeling unwanted or unappreciated. Ask loved ones for information or help - even if they live far away. They will thrive and appreciate the opportunity to help.
    Attending favorite events together Find events you both enjoy and plan to attend together. Stay connected through regular visits, weekend dinners, cookies, card games, evening walks or grandchildren's sporting events. These activities can go a long way in preventing isolation and depression.
    Creating opportunities for Friendship Safely engage former loved ones in activities with community groups, religious organizations, and senior centers to provide opportunities to meet new friends and socialize. encourage. A Visiting Angels caregiver can help by providing transportation to social events and can also provide one-on-one companionship in the home.

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