Taking Care Of A Loved One With Depression

Sudden mood swings and changes in an individual’s interest can indicate more than just old age. Almost a quarter of people over 65 years suffer from depression. Elderly depression is a serious public health concern and a significant percentage of the elderly population suffer from persistent feelings of sadness. These older adults are particularly vulnerable to depression because of decreased cognition, chronic conditions, functional limitations, and lack of social support. Besides preventing you from enjoying life like you used to, it also impacts your energy, sleep, appetite, and physical health.

Depression is a serious concern

While it’s natural for the elderly to experience some grief during major life changes, clinical depression doesn’t usually go away by itself. It can last for several months and needs to be treated by a professional. Old age depression also has been associated with an increased risk of death following a heart attack. Often, to make matters worse, seniors themselves often hide their debilitating mental conditions. Being a deadly disease, it can also be associated with suicide. Look out for these indicators, if you think your parent or loved one may be suffering from this condition:

  • Irritability
  • Loss of Self-Regard
  • Socially Withdrawal
  • Increased Pain
  • Recent Illness or Surgery

If you suspect your parent is suffering from minor or major depressive symptoms, encourage him or her to seek help. Even if the depression is mild, it is important to make that an elderly person you are concerned about is evaluated and treated.

Each patient is different and requires a customized treatment approach to his or her unique needs and circumstances. For severe cases of depression that do not respond to medication, or where the depression is accompanied by schizophrenia or psychosis, professional care is crucial.   When selecting a psychotherapist, look for someone, who specializes in geriatrics care (care for the elderly) in India.

Dealing with Depression the TriBeCa Way

You could also look for home care providers like Tribecacare who provide excellent senior home care and have specialized in dealing with the problems of depression and dementia in elderly clients. When caring for a depressed senior, emotional support, understanding, and acceptance are very important.  TriBeCa Care’s home care service providers encourage the senior patient to keep up with daily medications, stay active and spend time socializing with others. Besides offering comprehensive Elder care in India for a range of medical and non-medical problems, TriBeCa brings a new meaning to assisted living by offering special elder care packages designed to assist every need of your loved one. Depression is tough on seniors, but with the appropriate treatment and support services from service providers like TriBeCa, it can be overcome.

We, at TriBeCa Care, care about you, and your family. Our Elder Care is categorically structured to provide the elderly with the support that they deserve. If you have any further queries then feel free to reach us. Call us at + 913366064208 or request a callback. Email us at enquiry@tribecacare.com