Depression in Seniors Articles

  • Depression Among the Elderly: Warning Signs Can be Easy to Miss

    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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  • Fear of Falling May Cause Depression in Older Adults

    A fear of falling can cause seniors to become anxious, withdrawn, and depressed.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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  • What to Say When a Senior Says, “I Just Want to Die.”

    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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  • 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.

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  • 11 Ways to Stop Caregiver-Related Depression

    Caregivers' risk for experiencing depression is 30 times greater than that of non-caregivers. Use these tools to combat depression and find a treatment plan that is right for you.

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  • 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.

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  • “Elderspeak” Can Be Detrimental to Seniors’ Mental and Physical Health

    Most caregivers who use elderspeak do so with the goal of enhancing interactions with their elders, not degrading them. However, “endearing” pet names and juvenile turns of phrase can erode a senior’s self-esteem and breed resentment.

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  • Apologizing After Caregiver Stress Causes a Blowup

    Caregiving is a stressful job even during the best of times. Don't be too hard on yourself if you blow up from time to time but do look for reasons why you are feeling angry or frustrated and learn how to offer a sincere apology.

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  • Why Does My Elderly Loved One Sleep All Day?

    Seniors may frequently doze off during the day in order to compensate for lost sleep at night. This is normal, but if your loved one spends most of their time snoozing instead of engaging in life, it could point to a larger problem.

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  • What to Expect After a Heart Attack

    Your loved one suffered a heart attack. Thankfully, he or she survived. But that leaves the question: What now? What can you expect after a heart attack? What symptoms are normal and what are not?

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  • What to Expect After a Hip Replacement

    You've found a surgeon you trust, scheduled the procedure, and figured out which senior rehabilitation center your loved one will be staying in, but are you prepared for what comes after the surgery?

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  • How to Convince a Senior to Wear Adult Diapers

    Pro tip: The first step in winning this common battle is to strike the word “diaper” from your vocabulary.

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  • 10 Common Caregiver Confessions

    Negative thoughts are a normal reaction to stressful situations. Instead of feeling guilty, caregivers must acknowledge these difficult feelings and seek out solutions to achieve a better care experience for both themselves and their care recipient.

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  • How to Communicate with a Senior Who Can No Longer Speak

    It is frightening to watch an aging loved one lose their ability to talk, respond or communicate in any manner, but the powers of touch and hearing can help family caregivers continue to connect with seniors who have aphasia.

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  • What to Do When a Senior Refuses to Bathe and Change Their Clothes

    There are many reasons why a senior’s bathing habits and personal hygiene may decline as they age. Be proactive about finding the root of poor hygiene and remember that compromise is key to the solution.

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  • Why Rejection Hurts More When You’re Depressed

    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

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  • Treating Menopausal Depression: What Works and What Doesn’t

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 4 Tips for Managing Depression in a Loved One with Dementia

    Managing depression in a loved one with dementia can be a challenge. Here are 4 tips for helping an elder with dementia work through their depression.

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