The encouragement and support of friends and loved ones can really help a person who suffers from depression. Kind words and helpful actions from others can play a crucial role in the recovery of the elderly adult suffering from depression.
There are different events that can start a cycle of depression in the aging adult, including:
- Losing independence and relying on elder care services. No matter how sweet the caregiver is, the aging adult may feel a loss of independence at first, and need some time to transition. Sometimes discouragement and depression can result.
- Decreased mobility due to complications from age and illness can be depressing for the once very active person.
- Thinking about the loss of other things in his or her life, like family members who have died, coworkers who have moved on, the loss of a career, the loss of a spouse.
What are some things you can do to help a person who has depression?
- Let him know that he is not alone and that you are there to support him and be with him to see it through.
- Reassure her that even though she can’t imagine it right now, they way she’s feeling can and will change with time.
- Make sure he knows that you care about him and want to help, even if you don’t know exactly how he feels (because you’ve never faced the particular problem before.)
- Tell her and show her in actions that she is important to you, and that her life means a lot to you.
- Ask him what you can do to help him right now.
How to speak with your loved one about her depression
- You might find it hard to know the best things to say. You might feel afraid of bringing up the subject in case she feels angry at you or insulted about your concerns.
- Remember that right now it is much more important to be a good listening ear than it is to give your advice about how she can overcome her depression.
- Listen without any judgments about what she is telling you. Acknowledge everything she says, and be a very compassionate listener.
- Don’t expect this one conversation to be the cure-all or end-all of her depression. It’s just the start, and it’s a great place to start.
- Let her say everything she needs to say, and listen even if it’s the same thing she said before. There will be some progress. You don’t want her to isolate herself.
Tell her that you have been concerned about her lately. You want to spend some time with her and see how she’s doing. Be very gentle in your speech and in your actions.
For more information about elder care in Hazelwood MO, contact Senior Services Unlimited. We are an elder care agency providing affordable and respectful home care to couples, veterans, and the disabled. call (314) 646-8131