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Three Ways You Can Help an Aging Loved One Deal with Elderly Depression

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Apr 25, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Depressed_senior_man_sitting-LR.jpgIf you're caring for an aging parent or other senior loved one, you want them to be happy and enjoying life. In some cases, the elderly face depression. Depression is a serious health issue that can affect people of any age. A doctor needs to determine if your senior loved one is facing the challenges of the depression. Once it's diagnosed, you can help your elderly loved one deal with challenges of depression. Here are a few ways.

Medication

If your loved one's depression is serious enough, the doctor might prescribe medication to help alleviate the symptoms and help them return to their normal feelings of cheerfulness and hope. You need to help make sure that they're taking the medicine in the right amounts and according to the schedule. It's important to make sure that your senior loved one isn't experiencing any side effects as some can be serious.

 

Therapy

Your senior loved one's doctor might suggest that therapy can benefit them. You can help out by providing a ride to therapy and working with the insurance company to ensure that the visits are covered by the policy. If you can't take your senior loved one to their meetings, you can help arrange transportation. In some cases, your loved one might want to talk about therapy and you can help by listening. If they don't want to talk about it that's okay too.

 

Create a Support Group

Everyone needs a little help from time-to-time. Your senior loved one can benefit from having a support group. You can talk to their neighbors, old friends and others to find people to check on your senior loved one and spends some time visiting them. Socializing and seeing the number of people who support them can help your senior's outlook on life.

At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!

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