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Mar23

Elderly Depression
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Sabrina Garrovillas of All Valley Home Care in San Diego, CA gives valuable insight on the signs, symptoms and prevention of depression in the elderly. All Valley provides senior home care services that not only help prevent depression in the elderly, but also enable seniors to thrive independently in the comfort of their own home.

Depression in the elderly is not necessary part of aging nor is it a normal part of growing old. The death of a spouse, medical problems and feelings of loneliness are a few of the major causes that lead to elderly depression, especially if there is no strong support system in place. When left alone, it not only prevents elderly from enjoying life but it can greatly affect their health. However, by being aware and knowing signs of depression and how to spot those signs, we as family members can find effective ways to help our loved ones.

For many adults, loss is a painful experience – whether it’s loss of mobility, health, a loved one, a long-time career and independence. According to the National Institutes of Health, out of the 35 million Americans who are of the age 65 or older, about 2 million suffer from serious cases of depression. Though depression maybe common among the elderly population, only a small percentage will seek the help they need.

Medical conditions that can trigger depression in the elderly

  • heart attack
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • cancer
  • diabetes
  • multiple sclerosis
  • stroke
  • Alzheimer’s

Signs and symptoms of depression in the elderly

  • fatigue
  • abandoning or loosing interest in hobbies
  • social withdrawal
  • isolation
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • sleep disturbances
  • suicidal thoughts
  • continuous worrying
  • a loss of self worth.

Ways to help prevent elderly depression

  • schedule regular social activities
  • plan and prepare healthy meals
  • making sure all medications are being taken when instructed
  • invite your loved one on family outings
  • encourage them to follow through with treatment.

If you would like more assistance or information you can always call us at 1-866-273-2995, visit our Senior In-Home Care Agency Directory, or fill out this simple online form. Get Help Now!


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March 23rd, 2009 | Posted by:

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