Aging Parent's Depression
Depression is common in aging parents, as they face up to diminished mental and physical abilities and come to terms with their mortality. Side effects from medication can also cause depression. Learn more.
Articles About Aging Parent's Depression
- I am concerned about mom being isolated now that her husband died. What should I do?
When an elderly person who lives alone does not need nursing care or home care, but does need companionship and some kind of daily routine, adult day care may be the solution. Click to read Dr. Connolly's full answer.
- Treatments for Depression in the Elderly
Depression is a serious but treatable condition. These are some of the most common and effective treatment options that doctors recommend for seniors who are experiencing mental health issues.
- Suicide and the Elderly
Suicide in elderly seniors is often closely linked with depression. Caregivers: Is your aging parent at risk?
- The Connection Between Pain and Depression
Does pain cause depression, or does depression cause pain? Many research studies have been conducted to analyze the connection.
- How to Spot the Warning Signs of Depression
Depression is common in seniors, but it is not a normal part of aging. If you suspect an elderly loved one is suffering from depression, look for these symptoms.
- Little-Known Winter Dangers for Elders
Seasonal affective disorder and vitamin D deficiency can have damaging effects on seniors’ physical and mental health. Recognize the signs and symptoms of these conditions to ensure your loved one has a happy and healthy winter season.
- Combatting the Epidemic of Loneliness in Seniors
Isolation and loss are two side effects of aging that can negatively impact one’s physical and mental health. Discover how you can help an aging loved one reengage with their surroundings and feel less lonely.
- Pseudobulbar Affect: Just Another Name for Depression?
Crying is not always depression and some seniors tend to laugh at the wrong times. Pseudobulbar affect (PBA) is a little-known neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable bouts of emotion such as laughing and crying.
- Holiday Depression: Strategies for Overcoming Seasonal Stress
It is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but holiday spirits can take a bit of a downturn for many reasons. Learn how to prevent and minimize the effects of yuletide blues.
- Expedited Social Security Applications Available for Certain Health Conditions
The Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program allows individuals with certain medical conditions to receive determinations for SSDI and/or SSI in a matter of weeks instead of months.
- 5 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D is an extremely important nutrient that the body needs to function properly, and a deficiency may trigger severe health problems. Older adults who get little sunlight should make a lifestyle change if they want to preserve their health, maintain strong bones and have a healthy digestive tract. Exposure to more natural sunlight, especially in the morning is a simple activity that will bear positive results. It is a common deficiency and often the side effects are overlooked.
- Insights from 'Freud's Last Session'
I saw the play "Freud's Last Session" about an imaginary conversation between the ill and aging Sigmund Freud and the up-and-coming writer C.S. Lewis. It rekindled my own thoughts about assisted suicide.
- Does Depression Increase Alzheimer's Risk?
People sometimes ask me if depression makes a person more susceptible to Alzheimer's. The question is important and there is certainly an association between the two.
- Decoding the Dementia, Depression Link
Recent research aims to decode the link between depression and dementia; a connection that has long intrigued medical experts.
- A Sense of Purpose Can Keep Depression at Bay
What do you do when your loved one is suffering from depression? It's essential for us caregivers to know how to stave off depression in ourselves and those we care for.
- Geriatric Psychiatrists: How Can We Help You?
What is a geriatric psychiatrist and how can they help caregivers and seniors? Caring for older adults requires a special understanding of their physical, emotional and social needs.
- The Problem of Loneliness with Aging Can be Managed
Loneliness can affect anyone, but because of inevitable losses, some loneliness is built into the aging process. The problems of loneliness with aging can be managed.
- Does Moving to a Nursing Home Cause Depression?
Moving to a nursing home can feel like a loss of independence,a life-long home, and friends. As a result, people in nursing homes are highly susceptible to depression. We show how to lift the gloom.
- Depression Among the Elderly
Depression is the most common of mental conditions which can be treated, but among the elderly, it is one of the most overlooked.
- Dad is irritable and stopped participating in activities he once loved. Is he depressed?
Irritability and loss of interest in activities a person used to enjoy are two symptoms of depression, but there could be other causes for these two problems.
- How do you help a depressed elder when they lash out?
Elderly people who are depressed have lost purpose in their lives, become mean and often lash out at others. When anyone expresses their desire to die, it is important to not take this comment lightly.
- How to Help Someone Who is Depressed
If you think your elderly parent is depressed, don't ignore the problem. Here are some ways family and friends can help a depressed person.