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Depression: Recognizing Signs & Symptoms in Elderly Loved Ones

NJ Senior Health

Depression among seniors is a growing concern, with an estimated 40% of the elderly with medical problems also showing signs of depression.

How do you spot in depression in an aging loved one?  The following are all possible symptoms of depression:

  • Exhaustion
  • Lack of interest in hobbies
  • Lack of interest in socializing with family and/or friends
  • Weight loss, loss of appetite
  • Change in sleeping patterns or not being able to sleep for more than a few hours at a time
  • Feeling bad for one’s self
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Worrying about dying

Here is a list of things that can be done if any of these signs are apparent:

  • Look for activities you can do with your elderly loved one that he/she enjoys.
  • Help them make plans with friends and encourage them to make plans with their friends.
  • Help them prepare healthy meals, which contain fruits and vegetables.
  • Help them get treatment for their depression and make sure they follow through with medical appointments and the proper medication.
  • Watch for signs of relapse and get professional help as soon as possible.
  • Simply spend time with them and show them you care.

New Jersey’s Expert Home Care provides professional and reliable care for depressed seniors, helping them manage their illness since 1984. Please call us when you need help at 800-848-2336.

Posted by: Frank Esposito, Vice President of Expert Home Care

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