The changes that often come in later life — retirement, the death of loved ones, increased isolation, medical problems — can lead to depression.
On this show Lanny and Rachael discuss the suicide of Lanny’s father and the devastating impact depression can have.
Depression prevents you from enjoying life like you used to. But its effects go far beyond mood. It also impacts your energy, sleep, appetite, and physical health. However, depression is not an inevitable part of aging, and there are many steps you can take to overcome the symptoms, no matter the challenges you face.
Causes and risk factors that can contribute to depression in older adults and the elderly include:
Health problems such as Illness and disability, chronic or severe pain or cognitive decline or damage to body image due to surgery or disease.
Other risk factors that can contribute to depression include loneliness and isolation – Living alone, having a dwindling social circle due to deaths or relocation and decreased mobility due to illness or loss of driving privileges.
Also a reduced sense of purpose – Feelings of purposelessness or loss of identity due to retirement or physical limitations on activities.
Fear can also be a risk factor – Fear of death or dying, anxiety over financial problems or health issues.
Recent bereavements can worsen or increase the risk of depression– The death of friends, family members, pets or the loss of a spouse or partner.
In our daily wok at Apostle Home Health Care we have found that far too many seniors have depression that is affecting their health and their quality of life. Studies have consistently shown that seniors with depression have many more and more serious health issues than those without.
So on this show we are learn about depression, what signs to look for in your loved ones and how and when to seek help.
Our guests are long time Houston TV and Radio personality Lanny Griffith and Therapist Rachel Mahabir, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private Practice in the Clear Lake Area and also we are proud to say a very important part of our patient care team at Apostle Home Healthcare.
You can find Lanny on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lanny.griffith as well as on Twitter, LinkedIn and everywhere else on the Web. Just Google Lanny Griffith!
You can find Rachel at http://www.mytherapistclearlake.com/ and on Facebook at “Rachel Mahabir Lcsw”