According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 6.5 million Americans aged 65 or older are affected by depression. While some adults with depression may have been managing the disease for a number of years, others experience depression for the first time later in life. Symptoms of depression in people older than age 65 include: Social withdrawal Loss of appetite Confusion Loss of interest in activities Feelings of guilt and/or worthlessness Feelings of
Are you a caretaker, but your own health is failing? Do you need more time to recover following a hospital stay or surgery? Are you thinking about making the move to a senior living community, but aren’t sure whether it’s right for you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you or your loved one may be a good candidate for a respite stay. Respite programs provide short-term breaks for family caregivers or
Isolation is a growing health epidemic. The AARP Foundation Connect2Affect campaign states that the health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. When asked which they would rather give up for a week, 79% of seniors said they would rather give up watching TV than talking with their friends and family. Social interaction and connections are necessary to lead a happy, healthy life. More than 8 million adults or 1
Depression in the elderly is common, but that does not mean it’s a normal part of aging. Seniors are expected to slow down, so the signs of depression may get missed, delaying effective treatment and forcing many to struggle unnecessarily for years. Understanding Depression There are many changes later in life that could lead to depression, including loss of independence, death of friends of relatives, financial concerns, medical issues or moving away from home
Everyone grieves differently. Grieving is a very personal and highly individual experience. How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your faith and the nature of the loss. The grieving process takes time. Healing happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried. There is no “normal” timetable for grieving. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months while others it takes years. Whatever your grief
Being Independent Does Not Need to Mean Being Alone There is a difference between being connected to one another and being connected to the internet. And, the more we use tools and technology to keep us efficient, the less we make personal connections and the more isolated our seniors may become. However, using tools and technology in conjunction with personal interaction is a great way to help keep your loved one safe, healthy and engaged.