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Senior Depression


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Senior Depression

  1. 1. Senior Depression Signs and solutions for depression and loneliness in seniors.
  2. 2. <ul><li>Recognizing the signs and getting help </li></ul><ul><li>Depression is a common problem for many older adults </li></ul><ul><li>Of the 35 million Americans age 65 or older, about 2 million suffer from full-blown depression </li></ul><ul><li>Another 5 million suffer from less severe forms of the illness </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics provided by the National Institutes of Health </li></ul>BLUE MOOD Senior Depression
  3. 3. <ul><li>Depression among the elderly </li></ul><ul><li>Receiving/Asking for help </li></ul><ul><li>The oversight of depression </li></ul><ul><li>Untreated depression </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment and support </li></ul>Senior Depression
  4. 4. <ul><li>Causes of depression in the elderly    </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loneliness and isolation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced sense of purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fears </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent bereavement </li></ul></ul>Senior Depression
  5. 5. <ul><li>Signs and symptoms of depression in the elderly : </li></ul><ul><li>Sadness and fatigue </li></ul><ul><li>Abandoning or losing interest in hobbies or other pleasurable pastimes </li></ul><ul><li>Social withdrawal and isolation (reluctance to be with friends, engage in activities, or leave home) </li></ul><ul><li>Weight loss; loss of appetite </li></ul>Senior Depression
  6. 6. <ul><li>Loss of self-worth (worries about being a burden, feelings of worthlessness, self-loathing) </li></ul><ul><li>Increased use of alcohol or other drugs </li></ul><ul><li>Fixation on death; suicidal thoughts or attempts </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep disturbances (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, oversleeping, or daytime sleepiness) </li></ul>Continued — Signs and symptoms of depression in the elderly : Senior Depression
  7. 7. <ul><li>Non-medical services are provided wherever seniors call home—a private residence, senior apartment community or assisted living facility (ALF) </li></ul><ul><li>Home Instead Senior Care can help slow down a client’s progression along the care continuum </li></ul><ul><li>Family caregivers —family members who provide informal care to seniors </li></ul>Senior Depression
  8. 8. <ul><li>According to a recent Home Instead Senior Care survey: </li></ul><ul><li>31% of family caregivers would like assistance </li></ul><ul><li>25% resent family members who don’t help more </li></ul><ul><li>Caregiving can be particularly hard for a spouse, especially when the care recipient requires around-the-clock assistance. </li></ul>Senior Depression
  9. 9. <ul><li>According to the same Home Instead Senior Care survey: </li></ul><ul><li>55% of family caregivers appear to have average or significant levels of stress </li></ul><ul><li>When caregivers neglect self care, they end up incapable of assisting those seniors who need their help in the first place </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Home Instead Senior Care and Caring Today Magazine recently held an essay contest that had the theme of caregiving </li></ul><ul><li>Prize-winning entry put it succinctly—“A worn-out caregiver is good to no one” </li></ul><ul><li>Purdue University study: for older adults living on their own, receiving just a few hours of help a day with basic activities of daily living can markedly reduce their likelihood of being admitted to a hospital or nursing home </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>If you’d like to learn more about our services, or if you’re interested in employment as a Home Instead CAREGiver, please contact my office— a local, independently owned and operated Home Instead Senior Care franchise. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Thank You!