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Depression can occur at any age, but senior citizens are particularly vulnerable. In fact, recent studies estimate that as many as 15% of senior citizens — in total 6.5 million Americans — suffer from depression, and 25% say they suffer from constant feelings of sadness. However, these signs can be hard to spot as loved ones may dismiss what they see and attribute it to old age, or seniors may downplay how they’re feeling in order to be less of a burden on their families.
To provide the best geriatric care, both family members and home care workers need to be well-versed in even the most subtle signs of senior depression. Symptoms of senior depression may include:
While these are among the more obvious symptoms, many can be attributed to other conditions like dementia or even grief. That’s why it’s important not to disregard these signs and to talk to your loved one about what they’re experiencing.
Solutions for depression will differ for every person, but here are some ways to help:
If you feel your loved one might be suffering from depression or isolation, don’t ignore the signs. Stay involved and seek out assistance from experienced professionals. For more information about how in home care may be able to help your loved one, please contact us today.