Lack of energy, irritability, and aches and pains are common among seniors. Unfortunately, it is not always because of the reason we think it is—it is not due to the natural effects of aging or illness but instead may be a sign of depression.
Because depression among the elderly manifests in ways that are not immediately obvious, perhaps even to their provider of non medical home care in Arizona, you need to be extra vigilant about their moods. You also need to make sure that their environment is one that makes it easy for them to express their feelings.
To help you, we at CareMinders Home Care, as your trusted provider of home care in Sun City, Arizona, are listing down some of the most common symptoms of depression that are especially evident among seniors. These include:
- Sadness or feelings of despair and loss of interest in hobbies and interests.
- Weight loss or loss of appetite and unexplained or aggravated aches and pains.
- Irritability, constant complaints about pain, and self-loathing.
- Sleep disturbances such as difficulty falling asleep, oversleeping, and even daytime sleepiness.
- Neglecting personal care hygiene as well as skipping meals and forgetting to take medicines.
Knowing these symptoms, however, does not guarantee that you will instantly know if your loved one is depressed since you may be experiencing fatigue, too, as their primary caregiver. At which point, you may benefit from a respite care service from your home care provider.