When working with the vintage population, especially individuals with dementia, you often will see signs of geriatric depression. Below is a guide to navigating geriatric depression and creating a positive environment that is supportive to individuals dealing with depressive symptoms.
Start by ruling out medical conditions...
According to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-V), we are required to rule out medical conditions before diagnosing a mental condition; medical conditions can cause/exacerbate mental conditions and vice versa.
From a clinician’s standpoint, refer your resident to a physician first for a full physical with a blood work-up and urinalysis.
Screening Residents for Signs & Symptoms
Some of these you may be able to screen and notice on your own but others you may need to refer the resident to a physician for a diagnosis.
Screen for Common Health Issues that Affect Mood