Depression among older adults is not uncommon. In fact, approximately 7 percent of elders live with chronic depression and even more will experience bouts of it. This, however, does not mean that it is a normal issue, or that it is just something that your aging parent will have to deal with as they get older.
As their family caregiver it is important that you recognize the negative impact that depression can have on your parent and what you can do to help them so that they can cope with their condition and preserve their health and quality of life as they age in place.
Use these tips to help your senior cope with depression:
• Encourage physical activity. Exercising is a fantastic way to manage depression. It boosts mood, releases endorphins, supports a better self-perception, and can aid in the management of health problems that further depression. When done together, exercise can also be a wonderful way to spend quality time together and make meaningful memories that can give your parent better mental and emotional stability.
• Get enough sleep. Sleep helps the mind heal and protects physical health. Depression can cause insomnia, keeping people from getting to sleep or staying asleep. It can also cause too much sleep. Help your parent to adapt good sleep habits and maintain a sleep routine that supports their health and well-being.
• Seek support. Help your parent find a support group or other professional that can provide encouragement and guide them in coping with their challenges. These provide a place for your parent to express themselves, receive advice, and feel they can discuss what they are going through without judgement.
• Check in with them. Just feeling that they are cared about can make a tremendous difference for your parent. Schedule calls and visits so that they always have something to look forward to and you can check on their condition so you can take steps to comfort and support them if needed.
Staring elder care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them as their family caregiver. Hiring an elder home care services provider is about boosting their quality of life, enhancing their lifestyle, and ensuring that they are getting all of the care, support, and assistance that they need both when you are able to be with them and when you are not.
This care provider will give your parent a high personalized set of services designed specifically to address their individual challenges, limitations, and needs in a way that is right for them. By keeping their individual personality, preferences, beliefs, and goals in mind, this care provider can ensure that their services are tailored toward keeping your parent safe, comfortable, and healthy, while also promoting as much independence, activity, and fulfillment as possible as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Elder Care Services in Dix Hills NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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