Spotting The Signs Of Depression

Depression is a serious illness that is not often recognised or treated, depression can occur in any of us but is a widespread problem in elderly people. Several life changes can increase the risk of depression, here are some of them:

  • Loneliness – As children move away and spouse dies could cause someone to feel alone and vulnerable.
  • Loss of Independence – Diseases such as Arthritis can mean people have problems getting about or doing the things they used to be able to do so easily.
  • Multiple illnesses – Pain and the amount of medication needed to be taken for different illnesses can lead to someone feeling down and fed up.
  • Memory loss and unclear thinking – Forgetting what they were doing may cause frustration and anger in a person.
  • Moving from a family home – Having to move into a care home can cause someone serious upset because they prefer to be in their family home which held so many fond memories.

Signs that a loved one may be depressed:

  • Showing signs of confusion or forgetfulness
  • Are they eating less – Is the fridge empty or contain spoiled food?
  • Not maintaining personal hygiene – Are clothes dirty? Are they bathing often enough?
  • Not taking care of home – Is the house tidy? Does it look clean?
  • Refusing to take medication
  • Not talking as much – not answering the phone or returning calls

Professional care services such as Home Instead can help an older loved one who is depressed or suffering the strain of caring for a loved member with a serious illness.

Contact us for a FREE Care Consultation on 0114 2469666.

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