Sep 14, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing
Experts estimate that approximately 40% of those living with Alzheimer's disease will experience a significant level of depression at some point during the progression of their disease. Depression can be more difficult to detect in those with Alzheimer's disease than it is in others because many of the signs and symptoms of depression are similar to those of Alzheimer's disease. This can mean those caring for a senior with Alzheimer's disease may miss symptoms of depression, leaving the senior untreated. As a family caregiver, it is extremely important for you to not only detect when your elderly loved one may be living with depression as a part of their progression with Alzheimer's disease, but also that you take the steps to help them cope with their depression so they can maintain a better health and well-being as a age-in-place.
Some ways you can help your parents cope with depression during Alzheimer's disease include:
Physical challenges, limitations, and symptoms are not the only issues your parent might face as they age. Many seniors also experience mental and emotional challenges, such as loneliness, isolation, and depression. Elderly care can be extremely valuable for seniors with these needs. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a completely customized schedule to ensure your parent has access to the care, support, and assistance that is right for the according to their need, as well as the care you already give them. Companionship, transportation to activities, and encouragement to participate in opportunities around the community can all help your senior maintain a higher level of mental and emotional health, and enjoy better quality of life as they age in place.
If you or an elderly loved one are considering elderly care in High Bridge, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.