As people age, the dangers of depression can be very real. Whether you are a professional providing care for aging adults or a family caregiver, you can do much to prevent senior depression. ‘Helpguide.org’ published a fantastic list of steps that can help. Here are some of their tips:
- Avoid Isolation: Those we work with may often find themselves alone during the day. Encourage them to reach out and socialize by phone and in person.
- Movement is Essential: As fun as it may be to watch reruns of the Dick Van Dyke show, it’s important to stay active. Maybe find them a chair that is easy to get in and out of.
- Careful with Alcohol: Too much is never good, no matter your age.
- Plenty of Sleep: Make sure those you work with are getting plenty of sleep.
- Mood-boosting Omega-3’s: You can always find good dietary supplements at your local health-food store.
- Learn a New Skill: Learning new skills is a great way to meet people and keep your mind active.
- Learn More by Reading: Share this article with your clients, share other articles with your clients. There is no such thing as being too prepared.
If you are a hearing-care or healthcare professional, or a professional caregiver, you have a unique perspective on those you serve. Take advantage of every interaction to encourage the basic healthy lifestyle habits that prevent or minimize depression and a host of other potential ailments that can grow out of isolation and depression.
CaptionCall is an ambassador for hearing health and an advocate for people with hearing loss. CaptionCall encourages people everywhere to actively manage their hearing health through regular hearing evaluations, and to seek early treatment when hearing loss is identified. CaptionCall is committed to helping people with hearing loss stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life.
Written By John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator