The National Institute of Mental Health reports that elderly depression is not only widespread, but a “serious public health concern.”
Depression is not a normal part of aging. However, older adults are at an increased risk of experiencing depression. The condition often is misdiagnosed or undertreated. Health care providers may mistake symptoms of depression as just a natural reaction to illness or the life style changes that come with age. Older adults themselves share the same beliefs and are reluctant to ask for help.
The good news is that senior depression can be treated and with the right support, treatment, and home care strategies, seniors feel better and live a happy and vibrant life. A home aide can provide encouragement, and a personal connection to help a senior overcome depression. The companionship that our caregivers provide is priceless!
In fact, studies show that elders who have a support system are more likely to recover from a depressive episode than those who are isolated. If you would like more information, please give our office a call at 844-543-3546.