Depression in the Seniors


Depression in seniors can be a common problem that is getting more attention from healthcare professionals.

Reasons Why Depression in Seniors Increases:

  1. Illness
  2. Diminished physical mobility
  3. decreased connection with loved ones
  4. loss of spouse or friends
  5. loss of sunshine

Research shows that depression can also worsen medical conditions and contribute to increased dementia. Finding the right solutions for older people can help to increase their well-being and their overall health.

Problems of Diagnosing Depression

Diagnosing depression in the elderly can be difficult for a number of reasons:

  • Many older people grew up in an age in which depression and other mental health problems were not well understood or admitted.
  • Depression can cause many of the same symptoms as dementia, such as memory problems, sluggish speech, slow movements and lack of motivation. Dementia can also complicate communication with the elder about their thoughts and emotions.
  • Side effects from medications used to treat medical conditions can cause depression.
  • Loss of a spouse or loved can cause grief, which can have similar symptoms, yet is very different to depression.
  • Some illnesses, such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and vitamin deficiencies can cause depression. Good management of the health problem can often relieve the depression.

Symptoms of Depression in Seniors

The symptoms of depression can be subtle or very noticeable:

  • Aches and pains that do not correspond with any illness or injury
  • Persistent feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  • Memory problems
  • Chronic anxiety and worrying
  • Irritability
  • Slowed speech or movements
  • Neglect of personal grooming, eating or taking medication
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or socializing
  • Increased use of alcohol

How Assisted Living in Anchorage can help your senior

Moving into an assisted living community allows your loved one to have the opportunity to interact in social activities, and day to day living. It also provides a level of over-site they may not get living at home alone.

Recognizing depression in older people can be a critical factor in helping these individuals to feel better both emotionally and physically.

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