Depression in Old Age – A Given?

The winter season in the life of a person is not meant to be a sad desperate existence. Mary Garner, a woman whose life was turned upside down due to major changes in life, suffered this type of existence. These changes resulted in anxiety and depression was not recognized, and therefore open. What follows is the story of Mary.

Back in the 1980s, Marie left home over 30 years to move to a seniors apartment complex in their neighborhood. Despite some sadness at leaving her home, she was also excited to start a new life in his apartment.

Mary had fun in your new place. She met new friends and organizing family parties in the community room of the complex. He dressed in costumes for the annual festivals Halloween. She enjoyed the company of their children and grandchildren in their small apartment with an oriental design. She will travel to Arizona by plane, by itself, to visit her daughter and son-in-law. On the plan, scheduled to begin a new friendship with someone.

Fast forward a few years: old age met Mary. She had to give up his life of independence and move in a assisted living facility. She was forced to abandon many of their most valuable assets (not much you can fit in a room shared with two other women). It has become more dependent on their children and often was in the hospital for complications that come from heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

Marie took a long time to adjust to her new life. In fact, I‘m not sure it has never been resolved. In the back of her mind, she clung to the idea of ​​returning to his old life. She never recovered and became his “old” again. She still suffered when his only son died at age 50, a week after she moved again; this time in a nursing home in northern Michigan.

Is it simply a “given” that the elderly suffer from depression? Experts say that if this is not a normal part of aging, is more common than we think. Millions of older Americans are suffering, and only a small portion of them receive treatment. Often it is because the symptoms of depression in older people are often confused with other conditions associated with aging. These include dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease, to name a few.

Mary suffered from memory problems and is sometimes confused. While in the nursing home, for example, thought he was back living in the south of the complex state power. Normally, a person who makes friends easily, she withdrew from social activities. Not sleeping well, and feeling hopeless. These are all symptoms of geriatric depression.

Mary, were these big changes in your life that led her to suffer from mental health. These changes are common to many older people the death of a spouse or other loved one, chronic illness, and loss of independence, among other factors. Some people have the resilience that helps them recover from these things; others do not. Other risk factors are the elderly, female, certain medications, living with chronic pain and a family history of depression.

Unfortunately, the winter of Mary’s life, in what would have been their “golden age” was declined because of depression. If your children have realized that his mother was suffering from this mental illness, they could ask for help. Your doctor may have provided a diagnosis by talking to him about your specific symptoms. The doctor prescribed an antidepressant Marie may have (though health experts say that if a person is taking other medication, it is necessary to consider the risk of side effects). With medication, I could have gotten a kind of therapy for a mental health professional. It could have been helped by being part of a support group. Proactive care may have made all the difference in the perspective of Mary in the life and provided a healthy and happy old age.

Depression in Old Age – A Given?

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