If you happen to be an elderly caregiver – whether a family member taking care of a loved one or someone who works for or owns their own agency – you will know what I am talking about – or rather experiencing. Any little thing up to any gigantic thing can cause bouts of depression in senior citizens. I suspect if you and I both think about that statement for a bit, we can come up with some likely scenarios.
Take for instance the fact that it is winter time. That exclusive few months can cause a whole lot of depression. After all, seniors can’t get out easily; they need help because otherwise they could slip and fall or have an accident or a whole slew of other disastrous events could take place. Considering that you and I probably get a bit stir-crazy also in the winter months, we can slightly insert ourselves into this scenario and partially grasp what a senior may feel like.
Since the holidays have just nicely passed us by in the past five weeks or so (can you believe it is almost February?), and Valentine’s Day is up and coming, that can be scenario number two. I have some married couples that I take care of, but it is the clients that have lost their loving partner that really hit me square in the heart. Tomorrow I will speak more on this matter of the heart. For now I am considering more and better ways to help show my clients that With Age Comes Respect – to try and help with their depression!