You may be familiar with the common signs of someone with depression: feeling sad, hopeless and being down on themselves all the time. If someone you know is experiencing these feelings, don’t take them lightly – but also know there can be much more subtle signs of depression to look for. The dictionary defines depression as: a mood disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness.
Living an active, healthy and social life is important — no matter your age. But, it’s especially important for older adults. As time passes, your senior loved one experiences many changes in their overall health and social life. Friends move away, they may no longer be able to drive themselves to the grocery store or be as active as they once were. How can you help your parent stay young at heart and get back to enjoying a social and healthy life?
In the early years of life, your children depended on you for almost everything. Your days were filled with running them to practices, lessons, making their dinner and watching them grow. As they become adults and grow their own families – your relationship changes. They will always call you “mom” but you are no longer their 24/7 support system. You may be uncertain of what to do with your new lifestyle and feel an empty void. Unsure of how to fill this void, senior adults can become depressed and lonely. They may turn to alcohol or prescription drugs for a quick fix to cure their loneliness.
For many, the death of a mother is one of the most emotional and difficult times you will go through. She was your support system, number one fan and always looking out for you. Besides processing your own feelings and emotions, you may also be helping your father process his. Here a four tips to help your dad cope with the loss of a spouse.
Moving from home to an assisted living community is a big change for both your parent, as well as you. For some families, they will have never felt stronger and united than the day they see their mom or dad happy in the assisted living community chosen. For others, conflict and turmoil will make this one of the most difficult decisions ever faced.
Have you noticed that your mom is having difficulty falling asleep and is losing interest in socializing with friends? Is your dad hardly smiling and seems more irritable around your kids now? These are signs that your aging loved one might be struggling with depression.
Depression and isolation has become increasingly common among today’s aging population, and they come with significant health risks.
Higher than average suicide rates in those over the age of 85 years old are causing wide-spread concern across the United States.
Unfortunately, stereotyping can get in the way of getting an aging loved one who is depressed or isolated the help they need.
A legacy is a gift or a bequest. And although most people may think in terms of monetary bequests in a will or trust, a nonmonetary legacy may exist while a person is still alive and continue after their death.
Have you ever hesitated to take your mom or dad along for a family activity because you were concerned about their health? If your parent needs oxygen or has difficulty walking, or has serious medical issues, you may be concerned that your planned activity may be too much for them.
You are not alone.
- Approximately 40 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult during the last year.
- Caregivers average 24.4 hours a week providing care to their loved one. 23% spend 41 hours or more providing care.
- 40% of caregivers report a high “burden of care”. Burden of care describes the physical, emotional, social, mental and financial problems of caregivers.
- 60% of caregivers have a job.
- 70% of working caregivers suffer problems at work because of their dual roles.
- 69% of working caregivers report they had to rearrange their work schedule, decrease their hours, or take an unpaid leave to meet their caregiving responsibilities