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.