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?Â The following are all possible symptoms of depression:
- 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 oneâ€™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 Jerseyâ€™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