Depression and the Elderly

March 11, 2014

Depression is a very common occurance in the elderly population. As we age, we face many changes in our lives, such as, retirement, medical problems, death of loved ones, and health issues, just to name a few. There are many signs and symptoms of depression. These signs include saddness, weight loss, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and withdrawing from the world around you. While some may experience all of these symptoms, others may only experience two or three of them. No one is immune to becoming depressed, and I dare to say, that most of us will experience symptoms of depression at some point in time. That is just part of being human. However, that doesn’t mean that we should just give up. Depression can be treated with exercise, socialization, and learning to balance your life. If you are unable to do these things on your own, it’s ok to ask for someone’s help, whether it be a friend, family mamber, or a doctor. ¬†Family and friends, pay attention to your loved ones. Have you seen a change in their behavior or routine? They May not want or be willing to recognize that there is an issue. Some things that you can do to help include, talking about it, planning activities, encouragement, and making sure that medications are taken as directed, if needed. Depression does not have to take over our lives. You can help make a difference in the life of your elderly loved ones.http://www.helpguide.org/mental/depression_elderly.htm

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