October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month. This is the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about this potentially devastating mental illness. As a family caregiver, it is important to understand that depression is not something that is just a concern of younger people, or something people “grow out of”. Instead, it can be a serious concern for seniors, and make a tremendously negative impact on their quality of life. Learning more about depression can help you to understand the risk your senior faces, detect when your parent might be struggling with this issue, and help them to maintain better health and well-being as they age in place.
Some things you should know about depression include:
- More than 18 million adults throughout the United States are impacted by depression each year
- This number accounts for more than 1 in every 10 adults
- Approximately 8 million adults throughout the United States each year experience post traumatic stress disorder
- A large percentage of those who experience depression also live with anxiety
- Approximately 1 to 5 percent of the elderly adult population is living with depression
- The percentage of seniors struggling with depression increases to more than 13 percent among those with limitations and challenges requiring ongoing care
- Approximately 80 percent of elderly adults are living with at least one chronic health condition, and more than 50 percent are living with two or more. This is a leading cause of depression among seniors
- Suicide takes the a life every 13 minutes
- Depression is underdiagnosed in elderly adults, often due to seniors not reporting what they are going through due to embarrassment, or feeling as though they are being “dramatic.”
If your aging parent has been struggling with depression, introducing senior care into their routine may be an ideal solution. A senior home care services provider can be with your elderly loved one on a regular basis to provide the support, care, and encouragement they need. These customized services will help them to manage their needs and challenges n the ways that are right of them, but can also help them to better cope with their depression. Emotional support, companionship, and encouraging your parent to find meaning and fulfillment in their later years can help your parent ease their feelings of depression, and experience better mental and emotional health as they age.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in West Trenton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.