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Your Senior’s Personal Care Assistant Talks Depression And How To Recognize The Signs

Apr 12, 2018 by Garrett Sullivan

Depression is able to affect anyone of any age and it is not limited to a specific subgroup of individuals. With that said, seniors often experience depression the most because there are other factors that can contribute to it. Personal care assistant professionals say that depression can present itself in seniors when they have a pressing medical ailment, when they lose a loved one, and also when they feel their independence is being taken from them. Your loved one’s personal care assistant wants to provide you with some of the symptoms and signs of depression that you should be aware of.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression in Seniors

It is important for you to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in seniors. Our personal care assistant team wants to remind you that sometimes seniors can mask their symptoms, especially if they live alone, so it is important to pay close attention and do not ignore any symptoms you think may be present.

  • Loss of appetite of skipping meals
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Weight loss
  • Forgetting to take medications
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Loss of interest in socialization or hobbies
  • Increased use of drugs or alcohol
  • No motivation or energy
  • Sleep issues
  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Thoughts of suicide

Your loved one’s personal care assistant wants to warn you that some of the above symptoms could also be caused by medications your loved one may be on or a medical condition that is undiagnosed. It is important to explore all avenues, but never ignore the signs.

At Comfort Keepers, we know how hard it can be to watch your loved one suffer and that is why we are here to provide them with the help they need. Our personal care services are designed to help your loved one in a calm, professional, and compassionate manner. Call our office today to learn more. 

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