Depression is a serious illness that can affect people of any age and is often difficult to detect in elderly people.
Depression can be triggered by a variety of factors including the onset of physical illnesses, certain medications, social isolation or the loss of a loved one.
Many elderly people often don’t acknowledge their feelings of depression or sadness and don’t inform their loved ones of their symptoms.
Therefore it’s important to know the symptoms of depression to recognise if they are present in your loved one.
The Black Dog Institute has provided some information on the signs of depression in elderly people.
- Lack of enjoyment in normal activities
- Lack of sleep or change in sleeping patterns
- Chronic unexplained pain
- Poor concentration
- Chronic unexplained physical symptoms, such as dizziness, aches, insomnia.
- Weight loss
- Memory loss
- Lower ability to control emotions
- Changes in their behaviour such as talking about death and giving away personal possessions or refusing to eat or leave their house.
You can help to reduce the risk of depression in your loved one by visiting them regularly, providing them with mental stimulation and encouraging them to participate in social activities.
If you suspect your loved one may have depression contact their Doctor for more information.
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