Many older adults suffer from depression. It can be a side effect of medications or come on because of the difficulties of a chronic condition, loneliness, or the loss of a loved one. No matter what the cause is, it’s important that seniors who exhibit signs of depression see a doctor for treatment. But, even with treatment, depression can be extremely difficult to live with. There are, however, tips they can follow at home that will improve their chances of beating depression. Below are 3 such tips.
1: Take the Prescribed Medications
Sometimes people with depression stop taking their medications because they don’t think they are working. It can take some time for antidepressants to be effective, though. According to WebMD, it can take up to six weeks. Sometimes, too, it takes time to find the right medicine for the individual. Your aging relative should continue to take the medication prescribed by the doctor unless the doctor tells them otherwise. If they are experiencing side effects or have concerns, it’s important that they talk to the doctor to see if the treatment needs to be changed.
A home care provider can remind your aging relative when they need to take their medicine. Medication reminders can be an important part of managing depression since they cannot be effective if they aren’t taken regularly.
2: Create a Support Network
Having people to talk to and offer support is crucial to overcoming depression. Unfortunately, older adults sometimes have difficulty keeping up their social ties because it is hard for them to get out of the house. When they are stuck inside, social media, the telephone, and letters can be wonderful ways to continue connecting with family and friends.
Home care can assist seniors to keep in touch with the people in their lives. A home care provider can help the older adult to use social media or write letters the older adult dictates to them. In addition, home care can offer the senior transportation to social engagements and on outings, allowing them to spend time with people they find uplifting and supportive.
3: Stay Physically Healthy
Taking their physical health into their own hands can help older adults to feel more in control of their lives. In addition, feeling physically better can improve mental health as well. Older adults should strive to eat a healthy diet that focuses on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean sources of protein. In addition, seniors should try to exercise at least 30 minutes per day on five or more days of the week.
Home care can improve the way your aging relative eats by preparing balanced, nutritious meals for them. Home care providers can also increase physical activity by taking the senior to an exercise class, going for a walk with them, or just helping them to move around more at home.
When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider caregivers provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.