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Is Depression a Normal Part of Aging?

imgres-3As people get older they expect to look in the mirror and see their hair turning gray, skin wrinkling and losing some of the “pep” in their step. However, many seniors also find themselves feeling alone, empty and hopeless. While it’s not what everyone expects, some seniors believe that feelings of depression must be a normal part of aging and thus don’t seek help for their condition.

Symptoms of senior depression include fatigue, irritability, anxiety and guilt. Often, these are mistaken as a normal part of the aging process, leaving seniors feeling worse than they should. While some seniors may be at a greater risk of depression due to family history or a chronic condition such as Thyroidism that leads to decreased blood flow to the brain over time, others become depressed without warning.

Home Care can Help Ease Depression
While seniors should seek help from a doctor in managing their depression, the assistance of a home care agency utilizing a home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare, to manage client care can be a major benefit to seniors dealing with depression.

How?

When a senior suffering from depression symptoms enlists the help of a home care agency using a home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare, they’re opening the door to have someone in their home to help monitor their symptoms. When a caregiver uses the telephony feature integrated into ClearCare Online’s home care software or home care system, they can leave general notes to update administrators about a senior’s mood that day. Medication reminders can be left within the home care software or home care system to ensure seniors get what they need, and activities can be managed within the home care software via timed tasks to encourage social interaction and activity.

Experts agree that depression is by no means a “normal” part of aging that seniors should simply accept. With the help of a doctor and care provided by a private duty agency using a home care software or home care system such as ClearCare, seniors can make major strides towards managing their depression and getting the help they need to improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

 

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