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    A fear of falling can cause seniors to become anxious, withdrawn, and depressed.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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  • What is Vascular Dementia?

    Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s. It is caused by brain damage from a cerebrovascular or cardiovascular event- usually stroke, and results in various symptoms dependent on the area of the brain affected.

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  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy May Help Family Caregivers Cope with Complicated Grief

    Both family caregivers and seniors may benefit from a little-known form of psychotherapy that targets the symptoms of prolonged grief and PTSD that can occur after a parent or spouse passes away.

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  • Understanding Mental Health Issues in Seniors

    In seniors, it can be challenging for doctors to distinguish the symptoms of new or worsening mental illness from medication interactions or conditions like dementia.

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

    Menopausal depression is a common problem for aging women. There are a number of effective options out there for treatment for both menopausal symptoms in general and depression more specifically.

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  • Why a Visiting Pet Program Would Be Perfect for Seniors

    The connection between people and pets is undeniable, but seniors may not be able to safely care for an animal on their own. Here's my solution.

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  • The Sneaky Side of Caregiver Burnout

    Caregiver burnout doesn't happen all at once—it often sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Learning how to recognize the signs of increasing stress can help you act quickly to keep from becoming completely overwhelmed.

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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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  • What Nurses Wish Caregivers Knew

    More than any other medical professional, nurses spend the most time providing hands-on patient care. Here’s a list of six insights on elder care that nurses wish family caregivers knew.

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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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  • Seniors Behaving Badly in Long-Term Care Facilities

    It’s impossible to anticipate how a senior may interact with other residents and staff in settings like assisted living facilities and nursing homes, but staff should be prepared to handle difficult interpersonal issues and defuse tensions.

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  • Beating Chronic Pain in the Elderly

    Pain is one of the most complex symptoms to treat. Sufferers aren’t always able to pinpoint exactly where they hurt, making the diagnosis and treatment tricky. But pain shouldn't keep your elderly loved one from enjoying activities they enjoy.

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  • 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.

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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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