Taking care of a loved one who is already dealing with a neurological disorder is challenging. Spotting the signs of additional concerns like geriatric depression can be even more tricky.
You’re trying your best to navigate their new normal. That is why we created a list to help you catch onto signs that point to geriatric depression which can affect physical, mental and emotional health, and cognitive functioning. If you suspect risk, contact a healthcare professional for further diagnosis and support.
Risk Factors for Geriatric Depression
Considering Possible Chemical Imbalance in Brain
Signs and Symptoms
If you notice suicidal tendencies like active ideations, intent, and plans, contact a healthcare provider.
Depression and Dementia
Oftentimes one diagnosis can imitate the other. Being diagnosed with dementia can exacerbate symptoms of depression. Keep an eye on signs of both.
If you suspect a loved one is dealing with symptoms of geriatric depression, connect with a healthcare professional for diagnosis and support. Your loved one may not realize that what they’re going through is abnormal or may feel like a burden asking for help.
You’re their advocate for receiving the care they deserve.