FirstLight franchisee, Michael LaVell, of Clarkston, Mich. shared advice with The Eldercompass Blog this week on how to avoid elderly depression during the holidays.
For older individuals, the holidays can be a time filled with traditions and memories shared with those who have passed away or a reminder of how their lives have changed. Here are some signs to look for when evaluating your elder’s behavior.
The hustle and bustle of December may not leave much time for one to closely observe their elderly friends or family members. Therefore many signs are often overlooked, especially if other health or medical issues are present. It is important to be cognizant of signs and symptoms of elderly depression so prompt action can be taken if need be. Here are a few common symptoms to watch out for:
– Staying in night time clothes or pajamas during the day
– Poor hygiene and lack of attention to personal care
– Withdrawn from family and friends; lack of interaction during visits
– Decreased appetite
– Tiredness or insomnia; overall lack of energy with a sense of apathy
– Keeping their homes dark with shades drawn
– Loss of self-worth
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to approach the issue immediately. The good news is, depression is treatable. To gather more information and tips on the topic, you can read LaVell’s full post HERE.