Seniors and Depression
Recognizing the Signs of Depression in Older Adults and Seniors
Depression is not a typical or basic part of aging
Senior depression can be cured, and with the appropriate support, management, and self-help approaches you will feel better, live a joyful and energetic life.
Depression happens to all of us, especially older adults. It affects all facets of life, including vitality; hunger, sleep, and daily dealings with loved ones. Regrettably, many depressed seniors do not recognize the indications of depression, nor do they accept that they are suffering from it and need help.
Depression isn’t a personality defect. It can happen to everyone and any one at any stage of life, it doesn’t matter what the ethnic background, or what prior endeavors and achievements have been achieved in life. While depression and unhappiness may seem to go together, many depressed elderly people will not say that they are sad, not do they feel sad. Instead it is quite possible that they may complain of a lack of drive, vitality, or physical illnesses.
Did you know that arthritis and headaches are often the first telltale signs for depression for elderly people?
Here are some of the RED FLAGS for depression in older adults and seniors:
- Sadness or gloominess
- Inexplicable or heightened aches and pains
- Not wanting to socialize or continue with past hobbies
- No appetite, weight loss or gain
- Lack of energy
- Insomnia or oversleeping
- Feeling a loss of self-worth
- Reduced movement or slow talking
- Drug or alcohol dependency
- Obsession with death; thoughts of suicide; not wanting to live
- Loss of memory
- Self-neglect (missing meals, not remembering to take medication, ignoring personal hygiene)