People experience a lot of changes as they get older, but depression should not be one of them. According to the CDC, about seven million adults over 65 in the US experience depression, but the condition is not a normal part of aging. It’s important for everyone to know the signs of depression so they can help the seniors in their life. Depression is a mental health condition that can affect people of any age, but for seniors who feel less connected with their family and community, it can be more prevalent. It’s important to look for signs of depression in the seniors in your life. These include:
The first step is getting help for the senior, including immediate crisis counseling for suicidal thoughts or attempts and appointments with the doctor for other symptoms. The senior’s doctor can help rule out other causes like illness or medication effects and recommend treatment options like counseling or medications for depression. You can be a source of support for the senior in your life by:
A healthy senior living lifestyle is an important part of helping seniors stay positive, and at Ashbridge Manor Senior Living, we pride ourselves on creating a lifestyle of wellness, fun daily activities, and a welcoming, friendly community. When it’s time to transition to a senior living facility, contact our professional staff members and we can help make it easy. You can find us at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA, call 610.269.8800, or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special! Ashbridge Manor is a safe, COVID-free senior living community.