We are all sad every once in a while, and it is usually little more than an inconvenience that passes. However, when that sadness become something that stays with us day after day, it crosses over into the realm of depression.
Depression can be tough to deal with no matter what you age. It can be especially trying for seniors because they also must wrestle with the health and cognitive decline that comes with getting older. That is a heavy burden to carry, so it’s not surprising that mental health issues are among the most common problems faced by the elderly.
If someone in your family is facing this situation, there are some things you can do that will help.
Suggest Seeing a Therapist
Therapy can be a very efficient and effective way for seniors to overcome anxiety and/or depression, though it is not always easy to convince them to pursue this solution. Some people feel intimidated by the thought of discussing personal problems with a stranger. Others may insist that they are fine in order not to go. Seek out a therapist that specializes in working with the elderly and get their advice on how to proceed.
Spend Quality Time with Them
Many seniors isolate themselves because they feel they are useless and a burden. If they are living away from the family in a managed care facility, these thoughts can be even more pronounced.
Show that this is not true by spending time with them. Demonstrate that you care and value their presence in your life.
Let Them Make Decisions
When your loved ones age and find life a challenge, it can be tempting to take over most every aspect of their life in the interests of safety. However, you are robbing them of their independence in the process and that will just make them feel worse. Let them continue to have an active role in making decisions.