Depression can be a serious mental health issue for anyone, but many people are under the misconception that it is only for younger people or that it does not affect the elderly. This is certainly not the case, and the reality is that this can be one of the more challenging difficulties that can arise in a senior who is living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Depression can lead to a variety of serious issues for your parent, including withdrawal from social interaction and loss of motivation that can hasten cognitive functioning decline. Helping your parent to better cope with their depression can ease the symptoms and help them to deal with them in a way that will promote better management of their disease and a higher quality of life.
Use these tips to help your senior with Alzheimer’s disease cope with depression:
Acknowledge what they are going through. Often seniors with depression feel as though they are being dramatic or that they just need to “get over it”. Reassuring them that this is not the case can help your parent to feel less anxious and be more willing to seek out and accept help.
Find a support group that specializes in people with Alzheimer’s disease and encourage your parent to participate. These groups provide a safe place for your parent to express themselves and get support, advice, and compassion.
Find ways for them to be more active and encourage them to participate in activities as much as is right for them. This will stimulate their mind and their emotions, and show them that they can still enjoy an active, fulfilling, and meaningful quality of life.
Talk to their doctor about their symptoms and find out about interventions that might help. You may find that some of the things that are being done for their Alzheimer’s could be contributing to their depression, and that the doctor might be able to change these to better manage your parent’s needs.
If you are caring for a senior adult who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elderly homecare for them. Whether they are just at the beginning of their journey and starting to show symptoms of the disease, or have progressed to a more advanced stage and are dealing with challenges and needs that are beyond what you feel that you can manage comfortably and effectively, an elderly homecare services provider can help.
This care provider can be there for your parent on a schedule that is right for them and their needs, as well as the care efforts that you are able to give them. Through a highly personalized set of services this care provider can help your parent to manage their individual challenges, limitations, and needs in a way that is right for them while also preparing them for those that may develop as they progress further in the disease. For you, this can ease stress and help you to have more peace of mind while also allowing you to take care of the other needs in your life, including yourself.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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