You’re Worried

These changes may cause you to start worrying about your loved one. You may ask yourself, “Is my aging parent depressed?”

 

Depression is the most prevalent mental health condition among elderly adults, yet many depressed older adults and their loved ones fail to recognize the symptoms of depression or don’t take the steps to get the help they need.

Why Don’t We See the Symptoms?

There are many reasons that elderly depression is often overlooked:

  • Your parent assumes that depression is just part of aging.
  • Your parent is isolated, which can lead to depression.
  • Your parent doesn’t realize their physical symptoms are signs of depression.
  • Your parent is reluctant to talk about their feelings or ask for help.

Depression isn’t an inevitable part of getting older, though.

There are steps you and your loved one can take so they feel happy and hopeful once again and are able to enjoy their golden years. The first step is being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in older adults and the elderly.

In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify depression
  • How to determine if your parent’s depression or anxiety has an external cause, such as a physical illness or medication interactions
  • How to promote mental health before problems develop
  • How to help your elderly parent stay mentally healthy
  • How to keep them living an active, healthy lifestyle
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You don’t need to try to “fix” someone’s depression, but if an elderly person you care about is depressed, you can make a difference by offering emotional support and seeing that your loved one gets an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.