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Depression

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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • One of the most important factors in treating depression in older adults is their caregiver. Families have a rising concern when they see their aging loved one not wanting to participate in activities they once loved, or becoming isolated. A nurturing solution could be as simple as helping them re-engage with their community, family and social network. A silent cause is the fear of falling. They can become apprehensive with the possibilities that could threaten their freedom and independence.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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