The signs of depression are not always evident to families. Sure, almost everyone knows that withdrawn behaviors and lack of interest in once favorite pastimes are general warning signs of depression; however not all seniors will exhibit such behaviors. As a matter of fact, there are a handful of symptoms that point to depression that are not as easy to detect, or are often overlooked because they are attributed to the normal aging process. If you think your aging loved one may be suffering from depression, check for these less-than-obvious depression warning signs, presented by the Palm Beach County senior care experts at Home Care Assistance.
- An Increase in Physical Symptoms – A lot of caregivers may assume that an increase in physical pain and suffering is generally expected when providing care for an aging loved one. While this can prove true for certain conditions, constant complaints of pain can also be indicative of depression. The senior may deny feelings of sadness and depression, and instead focus on physical ailments. This type of depression often stems from a decline in a senior’s abilities to perform activities they once enjoyed or after a major health diagnosis.
- Complacency in Everything – With our experience in live-in care in Palm Beach County, we’ve found that there is a huge difference in a senior being agreeable and a senior being complacent. The senior who has lost hope may continue to smile and go through the daily motions, never disagreeing with anyone or anything. This should be very concerning for the caregiver. Behavior such as this is often seen when the senior feels helpless because they require assistance and look at their care as burden on their family.
- Increase in Daytime Sleepiness – Daytime drowsiness is often assumed to be due to difficulty sleeping which is common among older adults. However, for many seniors the inability to sleep can be attributed to exhaustion from depression. Fear of death and worries about their health or wellness may keep them awake at night. When this type of depression comes on suddenly, it likely follows the passing of a loved one or close friend or another traumatic or life changing event.
If your aging loved one exhibits any of the above signs, consider scheduling an appointment with their doctor or primary care physician. During the appointment, you can discuss concerns, ask questions and get a professional prognosis as well as recommendations for how to move forward.
To find out if your aging loved one could benefit from part-time home care, contact Home Care Assistance of Palm Beach County at 561-429-8292. In addition to providing invaluable companionship to seniors, our highly trained caregivers can assist with activities of daily living, personal care, transportation and more. We also specialize in Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s care in Palm Beach County for seniors who have been diagnosed with advanced conditions. Schedule your free in-home consultation today with a devoted Care Manager and take the first step toward peace of mind.