Depression is all too common amongst the elderly population. If a senior’s body is declining and independence is waning, it is no wonder. However, many doctors take little time to discuss mental health with seniors.
The average time a doctor talks with an elderly patient about their mental health is two minutes, and over half of seniors report that the doctors never brought the subject up. So it is becoming clear that the caregivers must be vigilant and keep an eye out for any signs of serious depression.
Here are a few signs that an elderly person may need to speak with a doctor about depression:
1. Unexplained aches and pains. If the pains are consistent and the doctor cannot find a cause, consider that it may be a mental health issue.
2. Feelings of hopelessness. If you see the senior begin to “give up”, consult a doctor.
3. Lack of motivation and energy. The senior should have enough motivation to begin their day.
4. Losing interest in socializing and hobbies. Did he love to play bridge and now just wants to stay home in front of the television?
5. Neglecting personal care. If she lapses in personal hygiene, declines meals, and forgets medication, talk with her about depression.
Depression is not something that a family member should try to treat alone. Talk with your elderly loved one’s doctor about how to proceed. With some help, you can get back the enthusiasm they once had for life. At Freedom Home Care, our caregivers are well trained to see the warning signs that can lead to depression. Our services offer one on one care needed to help improve the lives of the elderly in order to ensure they seek the help and receive the care they need. For more information on our caregivers, check out our website here!
Source: The Sentenial