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Seniors Who Receive Care At Home May Become Depressed: Tips To Recognize Depression

Apr 24, 2018 by Garrett Hafler

Depression is not related to a specific person, nationality, or gender. It can happen to anyone and is prevalent in the senior community as well. Many individuals never even think that their parent or grandparent could have depression, but it is more common than thought. Many seniors who receive care at home suffer from depression because they are alone, and they start to become lonely and long for attention and a companion. Fortunately, Comfort Keepers does offer both companionship and care at home, which will help add to your senior’s life and increase the quality of it.

While you may have never taken time to truly look for signs of depression in your senior, it is important that you do whether or not he or she receives care at home. Below, our team will discuss some symptoms you should look out for.

  • Thoughts of hopelessness and suicide
  • Unexplained aches or pains that arise or become aggravated
  • Skipping meals or a loss of appetite that occurs frequently
  • Sleep issues
  • Lethargy
  • Forgetting to take medications
  • Weight loss, especially when unplanned and drastic
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, friends, and socialization
  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Increased use in alcohol or drugs
  • No motivation and a lack of energy to complete daily tasks

Comfort Keepers wants to remind you that while these symptoms are those of depression, it is possible that your loved one may experience all of them or only some of them. Experiencing all or some is not an indication of how severe the depression is either. It is also important to note that these symptoms could be related to a medication your loved one is taking, or it could be related to an undiagnosed medical condition. It is always best to speak with your senior’s PCP.

If you would like to learn more about Comfort Keepers or our care at home program, call us at your convenience

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