Home Health House Calls: Depression in Elderly

Around the holidays, there is an increased incidence of depression in the elderly.

Sadness, loneliness, discouragement, and a lack of self-worth are factors in causing depression.

It is important to recognize symptoms early and seek treatment. Depression in the elderly may be hard to detect.

Common symptoms such as fatigue, appetite loss, and trouble sleeping can be part of the aging process or a physical illness but these are also signs of depression.

As a result, early depression may be ignored or confused with other conditions that are common in the elderly. Depression often responds to treatment.

The outcome is usually better for people who have access to social services and family and friends who can hep them stay active and engaged.

If you are caring for an aging family member and think they may have depression, contact their health care provider to discuss your concerns.

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