Americans face depression as one of the most common illnesses that affect all age groups, including seniors, but it often goes undetected. Right at Home acknowledges the challenges of identifying and treating this medical condition, and we understand that dealing with Senior Depression in a positive, medically appropriate way can significantly improve a senior’s quality of life.
Depression characterizes a range of symptoms, including lack of energy, withdrawal, unusual lack of interest, inability to concentrate or memory lapses, disturbed eating and sleeping patterns, neglect of physical appearance, and an unusual preoccupation with aches and pains.
What Causes Senior Depression
Specific events, such as loss, change in circumstances, or health problems that limit activities and mobility, may trigger depression. Physical changes caused by illnesses like stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or hormonal disorders can also lead to depression, as well as the side effects of certain medications or combinations of medications. It is vital to determine the cause of depression and ensure that symptoms are not confused with other medical disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Treating depression involves one or a combination of several approaches.
A mental health professional can help individuals understand the origin of depression, improve self-esteem, and mental outlook. Several medications are effective against physiological causes, and increasing or changing activities can also help. Taking signs of depression seriously is crucial, as individuals may be hesitant to talk about or seek treatment for it. Support from family members, friends, and healthcare providers plays an important role in helping seniors with depression return to a happier, more fulfilling life.