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How In-Home Care Can Combat Depression in Seniors

Visiting Angels provide in-home care to seniors in Virginia Beach, VA, and the surrounding areas.

Millions of senior citizens experience d but, which is not a specific aspect of aging. If depression is not addressed, it can worsen the quality of life for older adults and make it harder for them to recover from disease or injury. Everything from appetite to social interaction to physical activity could be affected by it. Identifying senior depression signs and taking action to enhance mental health can significantly impact overall well-being.

Elderly Depression Warning Signs

Even while sorrow is a typical sign of depression, it isn't always apparent in older people. While other people may not feel sad, some people do. Instead, individuals may feel more hopeless or helpless depending on their circumstances. They might think their family is suffering because of them. Here are a few additional widespread red flags to watch out for:

  • Fluctuations in appetite
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • A decline in motivation or energy
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Lack of interest in hobbies or other activities they once found enjoyable
  • Unclean personal habits
  • Memory issues
  • Aches and pains complaints that are unrelated to another ailment

Discuss your worries with your elderly parent and their healthcare professional as soon as you become aware of these signs. A depression evaluation for your loved one is necessary so that they can take the proper steps to treat the illness. Additionally, it's critical to reveal any medications they take, as certain medications have side effects that can cause depression.

Treatments for Depression Naturally

You may help your seniors reduce their risk of depression and elevate their mood in various natural ways.

Limit Isolation - Many older people live alone and may find traveling to and from activities challenging. They might also receive a few guests. Ensure your loved one has access to places to go out and  - socialize and transportation. Help them plan community events, church outings, lunches with friends, and family visits. Encourage loved ones and friends to visit them at their homes as well. Remind them of the enjoyment they might experience by spending time with others.

Boost your physical activity - It has been demonstrated that exercise elevates mood by producing endorphins. Encourage the person you care about to join a gym, go for walks, go to the pool, or try yoga. Exercise benefits your joints, muscles, balance, and coordination and contributes to mobility.

Attempt New Things - A new pastime can keep seniors' minds engaged and challenge them to learn new things, which can help them avoid depression. They can experience the thrill of doing something they enjoy and witness their development as they improve. Additionally, it can help kids meet new friends who share their interests.

Think about in-home care

Depression may develop due to disease, trauma, or incapacity. A senior care provider who can help with non-medical needs like meal planning and preparation, community excursion organization, light housework, getting in and out of bed, getting ready for the day, and general companionship can make a big difference. Seniors can age more confidently and comfortably while still participating in social activities. Participating in social activities can enhance mental wellness and lower depressive symptoms.

Work with our agency.

Get in touch with Visiting Angels of Virginia Beach to schedule a free consultation and learn more about the advantages of in-home care. Your elderly loved one can receive the attention and assistance they need from personalized in-home care services.



Serving Virginia Beach and the South Side

Visiting Angels VIRGINIA BEACH
1642 Pleasure House Rd #104
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Phone: 757-530-5961
Fax: 844-795-8881

Serving Virginia Beach and the South Side

Visiting Angels VIRGINIA BEACH
1642 Pleasure House Rd #104
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Phone: 757-530-5961
Fax: 844-795-8881
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