While it is a common occurrence in seniors especially if they are isolated from their loved ones, depression is not a normal part of aging. It is a condition that not only affects their mood and energy but also other aspects of their life such as sleep, appetite, relationships, and even physical health.
As a provider of senior care in Virginia we have encountered several patients with senior depression. Here are some common symptoms of senior depression according to helpguide.org:
- Loss of interest in socializing, hobbies, and personal care
Patients may feel withdrawn from their usual interactions with other people and hobbies. They may also forgo meals, medication, and personal hygiene
- Feelings of sadness, helplessness, and despair
Patients may struggle with feelings of hopelessness and sadness. At times they may fixate on death and thoughts of suicide.
- Lack of motivation, energy, and self-worth
Patients may worry about being a burden or have feelings of worthlessness and self-loathing
- Unexplained or aggravated aches and pains
Symptoms of senior depression may start to manifest in physical pains, slowed movement and speech, sleep disturbances, and memory loss
Senior depression may be caused by various factors such as health problems, reduced sense of purpose, fears, recent bereavements, and loneliness or isolation.
Make sure that your senior loved ones have a companion for them to talk to and make sure that they are getting the personal care they need. Our dedicated staff at HABLEE HOME CARE & SERVICES LLC. Will make sure that they get the social interaction and companionship they need.
We also provide other services such as housekeeping, grocery shopping, assistance with dressing and bathing, mobilization assistance, respite care, and home care in Fairfax, Virginia.