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Manage Geriatric Depression – Part 2

Manage Geriatric Depression - Part 2

Particularly in senior the years, managing depression may not be easy. Older adults can experience different life adjustments that include changes in their physical ability, health, autonomy, and nutrition needs. Dealing with depression is an extension to these already uncontrollable changes.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Ensure that they attend their doctor’s appointments

    Older adults should not miss their medical appointments. Having a practitioner checking and monitoring their vitals and overall health is important to detect and prevent diseases as early as possible. This gives them good chances to either avoid getting sick or recover from them immediately. Diseases that have been untreated can intensify the consequences of depression. Advantage Senior Care, home health care, can provide these services.

  • Help them manage decisions

    Older adults with depression should withdraw making major decisions alone or at least until they have overcome their condition. We have to provide them with guidance and encouragement. Making important decisions while experiencing depression can drive to seniors making poor and uncalculated decisions that may have unwanted consequences.

  • Help them get enough sleep

    Sufficient rest and sleep are essential for our well-being, especially for older adults. Maturing individuals who suffer from insomnia might have depression.

    Getting adequate sleep allows the body a chance to rest and recharge; essential to get through each day.

As a provider of non-medical homecare in Indiana, we suggest that you discuss your condition with your doctor to help monitor their symptoms.

For more details about our senior care in Indianapolis, Indiana, give us a call.

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One response to “Manage Geriatric Depression – Part 2”

  1. Several international studies have shown that only about 20-25% of patients with depression are referred for specialist mental healthcare. 130 131 132 Primary care providers encounter considerable barriers, both organizational and individual, when referring patients to specialist mental health settings, including availability of and access to the preferred professional, speed of response, and timely provision of information back to the primary care provider. 133 134 Newer models of integrated care can obviate the need for actual referral by using blended in-reach and outreach approaches—for example, through care coordinators supervised by psychiatrists. 135

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