Depression in Seniors Articles

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

    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.

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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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  • A Surprising Cause of Depression in Older Adults

    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.

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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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  • Decoding the Dementia, Depression Link

    Recent research aims to decode the link between depression and dementia; a connection that has long intrigued medical experts.

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  • What to Say When a Senior Says, “I Just Want to Die.”

    How are you supposed to respond when your elderly loved one says they just want to die? Here are 4 ways to respond when a senior says, “I Just Want to Die.”

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  • Depression May Elevate Stroke Risk in Older Women

    Depression is not uncommon among the elderly. However, research suggests that this psychological disorder may increase the likelihood that an older woman will have a stroke.

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  • Does Moving to a Nursing Home Cause Depression?

    Moving to a nursing home can feel like a loss of independence,a life-long home, and friends. As a result, people in nursing homes are highly susceptible to depression. We show how to lift the gloom.

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  • Treatment for Depression is Key to Managing Diabetes

    Many individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes simultaneously grapple with depression. New research discovers that the two diseases may be related and how treatment for one has an impact on the symptoms of the other.

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  • How to Help Someone Who is Depressed

    If you think your elderly parent is depressed, don't ignore the problem. Here are some ways family and friends can help a depressed person.

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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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