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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How to Spend Time With Your Loved One With Dementia on Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day!

A day filled with love and appreciation for each other. 

This can be a difficult time for folks who are losing their loved ones slowly to dementia, but with some preparation, you can make the day a good one. Here’s how to spend time with your loved one with dementia…

  • Send them or together make a homemade card - it means a lot more when the noodles are glued to the construction paper and the words are your own, compared to current Hallmark options
  • Share old pictures with them - they’ll remember the older memories more than the recent ones, and it’ll give them a chance to share their own stories with you
  • Make their favorite meal - food is a love language for many, and a favorite meal goes a long way when you’re activating multiple senses
  • Turn on some old tunes - they’ll connect more with the older songs they grew up with and find a sense of calm and joy
  • Plan a day with their favorite activities - there’s nothing...
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How to Navigate the New Illinois Mandate Part 973 Alzheimer's Code

The mandate released earlier this year, by the Illinois Department of Public Health, is in full effectWe breakdown the new code that affects Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing agencies

The official code is in the Illinois Register under:

Title 77: Public Health

Chapter 1: Department of Public Health

Subchapter u: Miscellaneous Programs and Services

Part 973 Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Services Code

 

Is your organization prepared?  

The new mandate, Part 973 Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Service Code, requires that agencies have...

  • Staff trained in dementia care
  • Appointed an Alzheimer's Services Director
    • Trained in dementia care and ability centered care
  • Alzheimer's Services Director complete 8 hours of orientation training and 12 hours of CEUs annually thereafter
  • Staff complete 6 hours of orientation training in their 60 days and 3 hours annually thereafter

 

The Illinois...

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