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Depression and seniors: tips on how to identify…

February 2nd, 2012 No Comments

Getting older is difficult, especially if you’re the primary NJ elder care caregiver to an aging spouse, for example. Depression can be a symptom of caregiver stress. How can you identify if your senior loved one is depressed?

They may have depression when they experience:

  • Loss of family and friends
  • Insecurity about finances
  • Loss of their independence
  • Loss of physical functions
  • Unable to enjoy or continue activities they have once enjoyed
  • Metabolic instability

Other signs to notice:

  • Are there days they do not get dressed and/or get out of the house?
  • Do they feel “sick” all the time?
  • Do they spend hours or days without social contact?
  • Do they seem angry most of the time or have a short temper?

Ways to combat depression:

  • Stay active and socially involved
  • Take vitamins and eat nutritionally balanced meals
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Consult a physician for advice and a plan of care

To read more on how depression may be a mask for dementia, click here.