Have you noticed your loved one losing interest in activities recently? Does it seem like he or she might be struggling with feelings of hopelessness? Regardless of age, these may be signs of depression.
Depression can be easily overlooked, especially if someone doesn’t have qualified senior care providers that are trained to notice the signs of an emotional downturn. The symptoms of depression can negatively affect appetite, sleep, and energy, but when someone lives alone, these symptoms may go unnoticed and the depressed adult may not even recognize that he or she has a problem.
Depression can also be missed because family and friends believe it’s a normal part of aging. Reactions to the death of a spouse or loved one, retirement, or health decline are normal, but emotional recovery can be expected within a certain amount of time. When older adults have compassionate and loving senior care, any new or changed behaviors can be noticed and the seniors are more likely to receive the help they need and deserve.
Here are red flags that can alert you to a loved one suffering from depression:
- Extreme continuous sadness
- Aches and pains with no apparent reason
- Little or no interest in social activities
- Weight loss
- Feelings of helplessness
- An obvious decline in energy
- Difficulty going to sleep, staying asleep, or oversleeping
- Feeling worthless
- Overuse of alcohol or drugs
- Suicidal thoughts
- Forgetting more than usual
A person experienced in senior care understands that medical problems are often a potential source of depression. When an older adult has help getting to healthcare appointments, the physicians can check for thyroid disorders, vitamin deficiencies, and potential interactions or side effects of prescribed medications. Getting a senior loved one to an appointment for a proper diagnosis leads to the right treatments and a good senior care provider will continue to help an adult find meaning and purpose in life again by helping them smile and laugh once more.
If you are concerned about your senior loved one being depressed, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Call CareBuilders to see how our qualified senior caregivers might be able to help you or your loved one today.