Is My Elderly Mother Suffering from Depression?

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Elderly adults experience a lot of changes in their life, from retiring and developing health issues to financial challenges and the deaths of loved ones. It’s very easy for seniors to experience feelings of stress, sadness, frustration, and anger for a while before feeling better.

However, more elderly adults than ever are experiencing true depression that interferes with their daily life. If you think your elderly parent may be suffering from depression, you must educate yourself, so you know how to help them.

 

Elder Care in Plantation FL: Senior Depression

Elder Care in Plantation FL: Senior Depression

 

What is Depression Like in Elderly Adults?

While depression can manifest differently in people, there are some common elements that you should be on the lookout for in your elderly parent. Symptoms of depression can also mimic other conditions, so it’s important to pay close attention. You’ll also want to ask other family members, friends, senior care providers, and others if they’ve noticed any symptoms.

 

Many depressed seniors feel tired and sleep too much or too little. They may express feelings of helplessness or guilt and are not able to eat, concentrate or enjoy their life. Elderly adults may complain of headaches or stomach aches, have trouble concentrating, gain or lose weight, and be more irritable when depressed.

 

Depression in seniors is a much bigger issue than occasionally feeling a bit down or blue.
It is a mental health issue that prevents a person from functioning normally. Elderly adults can’t get over it alone and need professional treatment to overcome it. All too often, seniors are not diagnosed or misdiagnosed and their depression goes untreated.

 

How to Help Seniors with Depression

If you believe that your loved one may have depression, you must plan for them to seek treatment. Most cases of depression in elderly adults is treatable with a combination of medication and therapy. Antidepressants are usually quite effective but may cause some side effects like sleepiness or nausea. Therapy works together with the antidepressants to help seniors learn new ways of thinking and behaving.

Making lifestyle changes can also help elderly adults with depression. Because the seniors are dependent on family caregivers and senior care providers, they will need help with a nutritious diet and age-appropriate exercise. Friends, family members and the senior care providers who also spend time with your elderly parent must understand what’s happening, so they can provide understanding and support.

Once your elderly mom or dad is diagnosed with clinical depression, you’ll be able to start them on a treatment plan that will help them regain a more positive emotional state.

 

If you or a family member are in need of Elder Care in Plantation, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.
Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.