Depression is one of the most common mental health issue that older adults and the elderly have to deal with. Although it can happen to anyone at any age, there is still a stigma surrounding this condition as a sign of weakness, and it is forcing many dealing with depression to hesitate to ask for help and seek treatment. However, to understand how to treat the problem, we must first understand the cause. Each individual is different, but there are some common causes in elderly depression that are prevalent among the older population.
An obvious reason for seniors to be feeling depressed is their declining health. Whether it is chronic pain from arthritis or cognitive decline, quality of life simply isn’t the same as before for these seniors. Furthermore, these health issues may strike fear in the elderly also, including fear over more health problems, fear of the financial implications from these health issues, and even fear of dying are all very common stress that seniors face. Finally, the social network of the senior is likely diminishing due to relocation or deaths, it leads to increasing isolation and decreasing sense of purpose in life during their elderly years.
Since May is Mental Health Month, we encourage everyone to go and speak your elderly loved one and learn about what’s going on in their lives. Seniors can open up to you simply through a meaningful conversation with them, and you may begin to find out what is truly bothering them and even help them feel better!
A good caregiver not only assist seniors with their needs like Alzheimer Care, Kidney Disease Care, Diabetic Care, or other home care needs, but they genuinely care about their well-being and become a trusted companion for them. That’s the type of dedicated care you can expect from A-1 Home Care in Westwood. In addition to the experience and skills that our caregivers offer, they are also reliable and personable so seniors can feel at ease with our caregivers in their home. Services we offer include meal preparation, light housecleaning, incontinence care, hygiene management, medication reminder, transportation, and more. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for seniors, eliminating the stress around their home, so they can age in place comfortably. Find our in home care services in Westwood, Calabasas, Santa Monica, Palos Verdes, Century City, Hollywood, Malibu, Studio City, Encino, and other surrounding areas in Los Angeles.