Everyone gets the blues once in a while. But this is different from actually being depressed and isolated. If you feel like your senior is looking down and out once too often, then they may actually benefit from a trip to the therapist or some professional counseling. How do you know when this is necessary? Here are some of the signs to look out for:
The Senior Isn’t Taking Pleasure in Their Usual Activities
Maybe your senior used to love ceramics or reading the paper and discussing politics. Maybe they loved gardening (and gossiping with the neighbors at the same time!) Everyone has some favorite activities. If your senior isn’t taking pleasure their favorite activities, that could be a sign that they are depressed or isolated.
The Senior’s Grooming and Dressing Up Has Suffered
Has your senior not shaved in a few days? Do you always see them in their dressing gown rather than pants and a shirt? Do they look like they just can’t be bothered with grooming or dressing up? In that case, they may be getting depressed and isolated.
The Senior Is Spending Too Much Time Being Nostalgic
It’s nice to think about the past now and then. But if you’re spending all your time recounting stories of yesteryear and looking at old pictures and videos, that means that you’re not living in the present. You’re missing the past. So you’re unable to enjoy the present. This is yet another sign that the senior is getting depressed and isolated.
Caring Senior Service has the experience, compassion, and training necessary for comprehensive home care, and we also offer a wide range of home care services that are all designed to make life easier for seniors and their families. To learn more about the services we provide, contact us today!