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How to Recognize if Your Loved One is Battling Depression

May 9, 2017 by Comfort Keepers of Walnut Creek

Depression is a common problem among seniors, from losing control of their body to grieving over the loss of friends and loved ones. While depression is a common issue among people at any age, it is the most common among seniors because they suffer from many challenges and changes that they may not understand.

Signs and Symptoms

Knowing the signs that your loved one is suffering from depression is important to helping them cope with it. Depression isn’t an incurable disease, as long as you know what to look for in your loved ones. These are some of the red flags associated with depression in seniors.

  • Unexplained or aggravated aches and pain
  • Loss of interest in socializing or hobbies
  • Weight loss
  • Feeling hopeless or helpless
  • No motivation or energy
  • Sleeping issues (too little sleep, or sleeping too much)
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Increased use of drugs or alcohol
  • Skipping meals or loss of appetite
  • Forgetting to take medications
  • Neglecting personal hygiene

Of course, some of these may be side effects to medications, aging, and other ailments. But if your loved one is showing multiple of these signs or is worrying you, you should seek help for them.

Let Comfort Keepers® Lend a Helping Hand

At Comfort Keepers in Walnut Creek we understand that it is hard to be around your aging loved ones at all times of the day. That is where we come in. Our compassionate, professional in home caregivers can help your loved ones stick to a daily routine and cope with depression. From companionship to meal preparation, our Comfort Keepers® can provide your loved ones with the essentials to live a healthy, happy, and independent life from the comfort of their own home.

For more information regarding our in home care services call us at (925) 344-4159 or click here. We look forward to hearing from you. 


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