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Watch for These Signs of Depression in Seniors

There are several key signs that could indicate depression in seniors.

Most of us go through periods of time when we simply want to be left alone for a while with our thoughts, to think through circumstances in our lives without any distractions, or simply to enjoy a little downtime. For older adults, however, the desire for isolation for an extended period of time can point to a more serious condition: depression in seniors.

As a professional caregiver, it’s crucial for you to know the warning signs to watch for and what to do if a senior in your care may be experiencing depression. Depression is treatable, and the sooner the senior can receive care from the doctor, the better.

Keep an eye out for the following signs of senior depression:

  • Loss: A variety of types of loss can lead to depression or other medical concerns: lost weight, a lost desire to eat, the loss of the senior’s value and self-worth, a loss of interest in activities or pastimes that the person previously enjoyed, or the desire to spend less time spent with family or friends.
  • Slowing Down: Pay attention to whether the senior’s movements or speech have slowed down, if it takes the person longer than before to discuss or recall memories, or if you notice a lack of motivation or energy.
  • Changes in Sleeping Patterns: Depression can have a significant impact on sleep routines, including difficulty with falling or staying asleep, problems with waking up, or trouble staying alert and awake throughout the day. 
  • Forgetfulness: Keep an eye out for changes in how the senior takes care of herself; for instance, if the person has always been meticulous about having good personal hygiene and outward appearance, but suddenly starts to disregard personal care, or any other crucial changes like forgetting to take medications, to follow a healthy diet, etc.

There are a number of additional medical conditions that can also exacerbate depression symptoms. Be especially mindful if the senior is also struggling with any of the following:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • MS
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia
  • Thyroid conditions

If you think a senior may be experiencing depression, it’s important to take action and not to simply disregard it as something the person will get over on their own. Depression in seniors is a chronic medical condition that requires correct diagnosis and treatment. Contact your supervisor’s office to let them know the symptoms you’re witnessing.

Family caregivers need to know that they are not alone. Our Walnut Creek home care and care throughout the surrounding areas provides an extra set of eyes and ears to catch any changes in a senior’s condition and ensure steps are taken to help. 

Additionally, professional caregivers play a crucial role in a senior’s overall health and wellbeing through:

  • Friendly companionship to provide motivation to engage in exercise programs and social activities
  • Planning and preparing nutritious meals
  • Providing transportation to medical appointments and enjoyable outings
  • Running errands
  • And more

Contact us online or at (925)297-2676 to learn more about our CNA and HHA training program and the possibility to join our exceptional caregiving team. 

Dementia Wandering Prevention Tips

Dementia wandering can be a troubling issue for families of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Of all of the outcomes of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, probably one of the most troubling is the person’s tendency for wandering, alongside the possible risks which may arise if the senior gets disoriented or lost. Wandering may occur if the elderly loved one is: [Read more…]

Reduce Professional Caregiver Burnout: Finding Resiliency in a Time of Crisis

Become a stronger, more resilient caregiver with these helpful tips.

A time of crisis can sometimes bring out both the best and the worst in us. All through the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve come across stories of individuals hoarding items and selling them to generate an excessive profit, coupled with stories of heroes who selflessly met the needs of others in spite of their own fears. [Read more…]

How to Help Someone Manage the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

The side effects of chemotherapy can be better managed with these tips.

If a senior in your care is battling cancer, he or she may be experiencing several troubling side effects of chemotherapy, and you will want to do what you can to help alleviate these symptoms. While simply being there to provide comfort and companionship is, in itself, extremely beneficial, there are additional ways you can help.  [Read more…]

Caregiver Tip: How To Talk To Someone With A Chronic Illness

The Hillendale CNA School provides tips regarding how to talk to someone with a chronic illness.

Have you ever walked into the office or a get-together with friends or family and had an individual say to you with great concern, “You really look tired today!” Even though you may have been feeling pretty perky before that moment, unexpectedly you really DO feel exhausted and rundown. The words we use with each other together with the ways in which we interpret them are very meaningful. When it comes to how to talk to someone with a chronic illness, it is vital that you thoughtfully think about what to express, and perhaps most importantly, what NOT to say, that can help the person feel his or her best. [Read more…]

Alzheimer’s Communication Tips for Each Stage of the Disease

senior with Alzheimer's and caregiver using communication tips

These tips will help caregivers more effectively communicate with a senior with dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease can make communicating even the most basic needs a challenge. Caregivers can feel as though they’re trying to solve a puzzle in determining how to meet the needs of someone with dementia and ensure life is as fulfilling, comfortable, safe, and enriching as possible. [Read more…]

Seasonal Influenza Preventative Measures Keep Older Adults Safe

These tips can help seniors remain safe from seasonal influenza.

If there is one important lesson that we have learned during the pandemic, it’s how critical everyday preventative actions are in stopping the spread of a virus. Not only have measures like remaining home if feeling ill, frequent hand washing, and wearing a face covering helped to slow the spread of COVID-19, but these steps have also had a significant impact on reducing the spread of colds and seasonal influenza. This is especially welcomed news for older adults and others who are at greater risk for complications from these viruses.  [Read more…]

Learn to Recognize the Warning Signs of a Stroke

emergency department sign - stroke warning signs

If you’re a caregiver in Pleasanton or a nearby area, Hillendale Home Care can provide training on recognizing the warning signs of a stroke.

Stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is listed as one of the leading causes of death in America, with approximately 800,000 people experiencing a stroke on an annual basis. In other words, approximately every 40 seconds a person somewhere in the U.S. is having a stroke. And every four minutes an individual dies from stroke. If you are providing care for an elder or chronically ill client who is at an elevated risk for stroke, it’s necessary to be sure you are able to recognize the warning signs of a stroke. [Read more…]

Parkinson’s Caregiver Tips to Increase Safety and Quality of Life

caregiver assisting senior man with Parkinsons

Learn Parkinson’s caregiver tips that can help increase safety and wellbeing for a senior client

Many seniors with Parkinson’s disease receive the majority of their care at home from friends and family, particularly during the early parts of the disease. As the experts in home health care in Walnut Creek and the surrounding areas, it’s our job to understand the unique concerns experienced by family members who are care providers for a loved one with Parkinson’s, and to provide the support and educational resources they need. Our respite care services help provide family caregivers with time to rest and recharge and our home care services help ensure safety and a high quality of life during each stage of Parkinson’s. [Read more…]

Low Vision and Dementia Care Tips: Engaging Activities

Find low vision and dementia care tips to enrich the lives of seniors.

Finding activities that are fun and engaging for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s tends to be a challenge. Add in vision impairment, and it could seem overwhelming. However, it is extremely important to ensure each day holds possibilities for joy, purpose, and meaning – minimizing the level of agitation, frustration, and other difficult behaviors and emotions in Alzheimer’s. These low vision and dementia care tips can help. [Read more…]