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Good mental health is very important to healthy aging. Maintaining a positive outlook, continuing to nurture relationships and staying engaged with life can help mitigate any negative effects of physical health issues and promote good senior mental health. If you notice any signs of depressed mood in yourself or your senior loved one, it is highly recommended to consult with a physician in order to determine if treatment is needed.
It is essential to understand that depression is not a normal occurrence in the lives of seniors. Many life events, including but not limited to losses and loneliness, chronic pain, and transitions from home to a nursing facility, may cause depressive symptoms. When dealing with aging and mental health, depression is an important issue that should not be ignored.
Signs of depression in a senior:
What should you do if you are a senior, family member or friend who is concerned about the presence of depressed mood?
Aging and mental health is an important issue among seniors. Seniors who experience mental health issues should receive help to ensure a continued high-quality of life.
For more information on available resources to help combat senior depression, call Abramson Care Advisors at 215-371-3400. A senior care advisor is available free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you locate the care you need.