Noticing Geriatric Depression: Guide for Caregivers

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

Causes

  • Loneliness/isolation
  • Reduced sense of purpose
  • Health problems
  • Medications
  • Fears
  • Recent bereavement
  • Losses

Loss

  • Independence
  • Mobility
  • Health
  • Career
  • A loved one

Considering Possible Chemical Imbalance in Brain

  • Neurotransmitters that play key roles in depression are serotonin and norepinephrine
  • Lack of these neurotransmitters cause depressive symptoms

 

Signs and Symptoms

Cognitive Changes

  • Impaired concentration
  • ...
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