Many people think that slowing down and being dispirited is part of the aging process, but this isn't true. If your loved one is feeling down, it is important to recognize the signs and know that there is help available.
Ever wonder why you just can't "get over it" when a sibling criticizes your caregiving? Dealing with depression makes it harder to handle ridicule and rejection.
Depression can have many different causes, but one of the most important factors in treating depressed seniors is their caregiver. A nurturing solution could be as simple as helping them re-engage with their community, family and social network.
For a natural process, menopause can be accompanied by a bunch of seemingly unnatural symptoms. Here's the scoop on what does and doesn't work when it comes to treating menopausal depression.
A proven depression prevention strategy; what a lack of vitamin D can do to the brain; how 3D printers could cut down on pneumonia deaths in the elderly; and spousal caregivers perform more complex care tasks top the list of caregiver news this week.
Dementia and depression can often coexist in an aging adult, making it challenging for caregivers to find ways to make their loved ones feel more at ease. Here are a few ideas that may help your loved one find fulfillment.
When a loved one is depressed, it is better to leave them alone or try to help?
Depression is a serious, but also very treatable condition. Doctors use a variety of techniques to help an elderly person overcome depression.
Depressed, anxious elders are often reluctant to leave their comfort zone, but most doctors won't do an in-home evaluation.
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.
Depression is the most common of mental conditions which can be treated, but among the elderly, it is one of the most overlooked.
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.
Seniors generally respond very well to medication for depression.
Does pain cause depression, or does depression cause pain? Many research studies have been conducted to analyze the connection.
Absolutely! Better yet, make an appointment and take your mom to the doctor, so you can discuss this in-depth with the doctor, because unless you have a durable power of attorney, they will not be able to discuss your mother's health with you over the phone.
Left untreated, senior depression can lead to suicide. It difficult to know when someone is depressed, but there are warning signs to look for.
Please ask the doctor if you can try an anti-depressant on your mother-in-law, as there are so many choices these days and it is unnecessary for someone to suffer so much.
If you suspect an elderly loved one is suffering from depression, look for these symptoms.
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.