Senior Depression – How Can You Help?

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  • August 09, 2018

Major life changes, such as a loss of a loved one or moving to a new home,can affect your loved one’s health. It can make them more vulnerable to stress, depression, and other mental health related problems. Studies have shown that over half of those over 60 suffer from some level of depression.

It can be difficult to watch your aging loved one struggling with the sadness and associated emotions that come with it. Here are a few tips on how can you help your senior family member deal with their depression.

  • Treat sleeping problems – Older adults often suffer from some type of sleep problem, which can result in their being overly tired, not in the mood to do much and becoming depressed. Make sure your aging loved one gets a good night sleep. One way to help is by avoiding any daytime naps or limiting it to 15 or 20 minutes. Any longer can throw off their sleep schedule. If they still are tired all the time or have trouble falling asleep, talk with their doctor. They may have a treatable sleeping disorder.
  • Encourage socialization – It is important for seniors to stay socially active and connected for their health, both mental and physical. Encourage your aging parent or friend to participate in different social activities and cultural programs nearby as these will provide them an opportunity to meet new people or reconnect with old friends. Plus, they can try new things that they may never had the time to do when they were younger and working. Have they ever wanted to try woodworking? How about painting or cooking? Is there an author they enjoy going to be visiting near where they live? There may also many opportunities to participate in volunteer work within their community.
  • Keep them physically active – Apart from socialization, staying physically active is also important. You can suggest that they join a senior fitness club, an exercise program through their community center or even at the YMCA. This will not only help them stay physically fit and active, but also give them a chance to make new friends.

Seniors who live alone are more likely to suffer from stress and depression. If you have an older adult who lives alone and needs a bit of help getting out and about, you should consider hiring companionship in the form of caregivers. An experienced in-home care provider will provide them much-needed companionship services and help your loved one stay socially active and connected.

At Premier Life In-Home Care, we have experienced and highly trained caregivers who provide the best senior care services, including personal care,in Charleston, SC.To find out more, call us at 843-502-1888.

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