How to Spot the Holiday (and Post-Holiday) Blues in an Elderly Parent
Seniors are not immune to the holiday blues. Even more troubling is the fact that many times the elderly refuse to talk about their feelings.They also may attribute their feelings of sadness to a side effect of aging. This is concerning since depression is a major predictor of suicide in seniors and seniors comprise about 20 percent of the nation’s total number of deaths by suicide.
The holidays are a time of celebration but it also can cause depression in seniors. This is especially true for those who have lost a loved one or are having health or financial troubles.
Seniors who have a hard time celebrating the holidays because of health conditions or depression need help coping. So how can you help them beat the holiday blues?
Depression in the elderly is common but it isn’t normal. Unfortunately, effective treatment for elderly individuals suffering from depression often is delayed, forcing them to struggle with depression for longer periods than necessary.