Living a healthy life is one of the most important things as humans. This can be obtained by having a balance between physical and mental well being. Points to be aware of are possible struggles in seniors, such as loneliness and depression.
Senior Depression Facts
Unfortunately, there’s some alarming facts when it comes to seniors and depression:
- 1 out of 17 Americans aged 65+ suffer from some form of depression
- Seniors aged 65+ account for 20% of all suicide deaths in the United States
- Approximately 68% of Americans aged 65 and over know little or nothing about depression
Signs of Depression
Aging can come with difficult changes that can cause feelings of stress and sadness. A downfall such as the death of a loved one or a diagnosis of an illness can contribute to depression overtime.
Symptoms of depression are:
- loss of interest in normal activities
- feeling sad, unhappy, or empty
- changes in appetite
- feeling worthless or guilty
- anxiety or restlessness
At times signs of depression can be hard to identify in elderly. Their symptoms can be less obvious and they aren’t as likely to speak about their problems.
Common symptoms in seniors are:
- Constantly feeling tired
- Having trouble sleeping
- Grumpiness or easily irritable
What Loneliness Leads To?
Loneliness is one of the main causes of depression in seniors. It’s common that with aging people have less social contact, often due to a lack of mobility. Loneliness heightens the feelings of unhappiness and worthlessness. It’s important to look out for these symptoms and alleviate them ahead of time.
3 Tips to Combatting Depression
Here’s a list of tools and activities to help alleviate loneliness and depression in seniors:
1. New Hobbies
Start with learning something new or picking up a previous learned hobby. It keeps you looking forward to something!
Try out these hobbies:
- Playing Cards/Games.
- Practicing Yoga.
2. Play with Technology
Try out new forms of technology, it’s a great way to communicate with your loved ones and find comfort.
Get a home assistant that control things around the home, such as lights, and ask it to tell you about the daily news.
Using a weighted blanket on the bed can help with feelings of insomnia and anxiety. It gives the body the same feeling of a hug or cuddle, which makes the brain produce serotonin and increasing your mood.
Certain times of the year can lead to higher chances of depression, but this can be changed with light therapy. This method mimics natural daylight helping to overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression that occurs in fall and winter. It helps increase levels of serotonin, the happiness hormone.
3. Spend Time with Family
It’s easy nowadays to pick up the phone to connect with friends and family, but spending time being physically present with a loved one is more beneficial. It gives you social contact with your loved ones and gives a sense of comfort being around family.
Fairmont Grand Senior Living Community
Fairmont Grand is a resident centered senior living and memory care facility in Rapid City, SD. Our goal is to create an environment where resident well-being is at the heart of everything we do.
Our wide range of services are designed to meet you or your loved one’s daily needs. We offer restaurant style dining options, a variety of physical activities, and give residents the opportunity to live as independently as possible.