Depression is often caused by age-related conditions, psychological changes, or medication side effects, and it can have a significant effect on a senior’s quality of life. Here are a few simple ways to prevent depression in older adults.
Suggest Pet Therapy
Interacting with pets can have a profound effect on mood. When seniors spend time with dogs or cats, the tactile stimulation and bonding experience stimulates the release of endorphins. These chemicals brighten mood, relieve symptoms of depression, and lower the perception of pain. If your loved one isn’t cognitively or physically impaired, consider getting him or her a small dog or cat. Caring for an animal gives seniors a sense of purpose and something to look forward to when they wake up in the morning.
Not all older adults need pets to enjoy a high quality of life. To successfully age in place, some seniors require the help of a professional care worker. Families rely on Home Care Assistance North Coast to provide care workers who are expertly trained in various aspects of senior home care, including our holistic Balanced Care Method, an evidence-based program focused on healthy eating, regular exercise, mental and social stimulation, and calmness and purpose.
Serve Fatty Fish
Salmon and tuna have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which may prevent depression. If your loved one is unable to eat fish, suggest taking fish oil supplements. In the event your parent is taking a daily aspirin, talk to the physician before suggesting any supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids can increase the blood-thinning properties of aspirin and raise the risk for internal bleeding.
Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional senior care. North Coast, NSW, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Consider Drug Side Effects
Older adults often take multiple prescription medications to manage high blood pressure, cardiac issues, chronic pain, renal disease, and high cholesterol levels. In addition to creating adverse reactions such as confusion, fall risks, gastrointestinal disorders, and sleepiness, prescription medications also raise the likelihood of depression. If your loved one is exhibiting symptoms such as chronic sadness, insomnia, or loss of appetite, make an appointment with his or her health care provider. Your loved one may be experiencing psychological side effects from medications. The doctor can identify which medication is causing the mood changes and either lower the dosage or prescribe a different medicine.
Encourage Social Interaction
Being socially isolated from friends and family members can cause depression. When seniors spend too much time alone, negative thoughts and feelings of hopelessness can take over their minds. Scheduling outings and social visits could take your loved one’s mind off negative thoughts and give him or her something to look forward to. If your parent is ill and unable to leave the house, ask family members and friends to visit the home. Hiring a professional care worker is another way to make sure your loved one has someone to talk to.
Depression is a serious health concern among older adults. Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but North Coast live-in care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust the professional live-in care workers from Home Care Assistance to enhance his or her quality of life. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your ageing parent, give us a call at (02) 6646 3527 today.