4 Warning Signs of Elderly Depression

Posted by Senior Solutions Management Group on Jan 21, 2014 12:23:50 PM | 2 minute read

Depression can strike at any stage of life. Although people more consider some age groups, such as teenagers, to experience the blues more commonly, the elderly are vulnerable as well. The National Institutes of Health cites many causes for elderly depression. These include physical illness, loneliness and stress associated with having to change living situations.

Understanding your loved one's needs allows you to better advocate on their behalf and help them to get well. When you have a senior loved one, it's important to watch out for these four warning signs of depression:

Sleeping too much

zblogstock15Many of the early signs of elderly depression are difficult to distinguish from normal signs of aging. One such symptom is sleeping too much, which is common as people get older but can also be a sign of depression.

Change in appetite

If you notice your loved one eats too much or too little, this could be a warning sign of depression. Assisted living communities can assure that your loved one will maintain a healthy diet. Trained, professional staff is hired to plan nutritionally balanced meals for residents.

Loss of interest and enjoyment

Losing interest in the things that once brought joy is a classic sign of depression. Elderly depression can be evident if they no longer look forward to seeing loved ones, for example. Seniors who live alone may be prone to this problem if they don't have many social outings anymore. Assisted living communities provide regular activities to help keep your loved one active and engaged, which can help prevent depression.

Inactivity and fatigue

Constant exhaustion is another common sign of elderly depression. Unfortunately, fatigue and lack of exercise seem to be a vicious cycle; if you feel fatigued, you won't get exercise, which can cause more fatigue. Helping seniors remain active with appropriate exercise is an important part of remaining healthy and avoiding depression.

Depression doesn't have to be a normal part of aging. With well-trained staff to look after your loved one, you can make sure that both physical and mental wellness are a priority. Contact us today for more information on how we can help care for your loved one.

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