Depression in Seniors

A mood disorder causing persistent sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in hobbies and activities occurring every day for a period of at least 2 weeks.

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  • Many people think that sadness, negativity, and a general emotional downturn 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 of depression and know that help is available.

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  • A fear of falling can cause seniors to become anxious, withdrawn, and depressed. With some fall prevention efforts, a caregiver and senior can work together to more comfortably continue outside activities.

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  • It's shocking and hurtful for a care provider to hear a senior claim they would rather be dead. When a senior states "I want to die" it may be a sign of depression, or it could be an indicator that they just want to talk about the emotional toll of aging.

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  • 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.

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