Depression in Seniors: What Can Be Done?

Dealing with depression is extremely difficult during any period in one’s life but it can be especially hard for seniors. When older adults have depression, it often greatly affects their quality of life. So, what sorts of treatment options are available? Let’s explore that. 

Symptoms of Depression in Seniors

First, it’s important to acknowledge that the symptoms of depression in seniors are not always the familiar symptoms associated with depression in younger people. Some of the symptoms of depression that older folks may experience include:

  • Tiredness
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Aches and Pains
  • Difficulties paying attention
  • Feelings of guilt, hopelessness, or worthlessness
  • Not enjoying favorite activities

Treatment Options

If you suspect that you or a loved one may be suffering from depression as a senior, don’t worry. There are plenty of things that can be done to alleviate the symptoms. 

Some of the treatment options for seniors with depression are counseling, medicine, or lifestyle changes.

In terms of lifestyle changes, it may be helpful to increase physical activity, adopt a more well-balanced diet, strive to get more sleep, regularly visit with friends and family, or take up a new hobby. 

For those with more extreme cases, a combination of medicine, therapy, and lifestyle changes may be most appropriate. 

It’s important for any senior dealing with depression to know that they have the love and support of their family. If a senior in your life appears to be dealing with depression, offer your support to help them and perhaps encourage treatment. 

Even if it feels that way, the situation is never hopeless. At Golden Age Senior Placement we’re happy to help however we can. Moving into senior living in San Antonio or assisted living in San Antonio may take some pressure off the depressed senior. Our staff is equipped to help with various issues seniors face, including depression. Contact us today to learn more. 

To learn more contact Golden Age Senior Placement or give us a call at 210-978-6221!