Dealing With Depression in Senior Communities

Senior depressedDepression is a reality for many Seniors. Read on for depression causes and treatments for Seniors, and the ways older adults facing depression benefit from living in a Residential Community.

Depression can affect people at any age. But it does impact the elderly in different ways than their younger counterparts. In older adults, depression often occurs alongside illnesses. It also lasts longer. Likewise, when Seniors suffer from depression they experience increased risks of both cardiac disease and not recovering from illness.

Major Causes of Depression for Seniors

There are a number of causes of depression for Seniors. Medications or combinations of medications can cause depression. Conditions such as stroke, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, dementia and cancer can also result in depression. Experiencing chronic pain or a struggle with substance abuse increases risk of depression.

Depression can also be brought on by events such as loss of a loved one or moving. Loneliness and isolation produce depression in older adults, as well. Insomnia leads to depression, and is also a leading symptom of depression.

Treatments of Depression in Older Adults

Doctors use several routes to treat depression in seniors. They may prescribe medication or psychotherapy. In cases where insomnia is involved, doctors will prescribe melatonin, a hormone that aids sleep, or an antidepressant with a sedating effect.

Older adults diagnosed with depression may be experiencing side effects from medical care, in which case doctors will adjust medicines. They will also take into account the patient’s blood pressure history to make sure the condition is not caused by inadequate blood flow to the brain.

Residential Community Benefits for Treating Depression

Older adults diagnosed with depression while living in a Senior Living Community experience more benefits than they would living alone. Regular medical attention means depression symptoms will not go unnoticed or untreated.

At The Wesley Community, residents receive medical care and physical examinations regularly, with experts in the fields of geriatrics through the Wesley Health Care Center. Doctors study each resident’s medical records and listen intently to current concerns and questions, creating individualized treatment plans to keep Seniors at their best.

Further, when you live in a Residential Community, you’re at less risk for isolation or loneliness. Seniors are surrounded by social activities and participate in a well-rounded rhythm of events. Maintaining a predictable, but stimulating schedule can prevent depression and also decrease sleep disorders due to energetic daytime routines.

The Wesley Community Activity Coordinator plans wellness activities throughout the week, including exercise classes. For Independent Living Residents, participating in weekly fitness routines helps to create social connection and build strength. Physical exercise combats depression and when done in community, the benefits increase.

Hope for Depression in Senior Communities

When you make the choice to move to a Senior Residential Community, you welcome both expert care and daily social support. The combination of regular medical consults and healthy interaction with neighbors provides a strong defense against depression.

If you are considering moving yourself or a loved one to a Senior Community, be encouraged. Excellent, nationally-recognized facilities, such as The Wesley Community provide nurturing environments that can support any emotional or physical challenges you encounter. The Wesley is located in Saratoga Springs. We encourage you to call us at (518) 584-1200 to learn more!