Can Depression Impact a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease?
Depression and anxiety disorders are the most common illness among adults throughout the United States. More than 18 million adults in the country are impacted by depression each year, and among those is between 1 and 5 percent of the elderly adult population. There is a common misconception that seniors do not experience depression, and that especially those who are living with cognitive functioning decline and memory loss, such as due to Alzheimer’s disease, are not susceptible to depression. Many think because they are dealing with this decline they do not, or even cannot, experience depression. This is absolutely not the case.
The truth is, experts estimate 40 percent of those living with Alzheimer’s disease experience significant depression during their progression with the disease. Depression in Alzheimer’s disease can be caused by a variety of issues, including:
- Awareness of changes in their cognitive abilities and memory
- Mourning the loss of memories
- Embarrassment about what they are going through, or how they are reacting to it
- Physical changes in the brain related to the disease itself
- Worries about what will come in the future due to the progression of the disease
Some things to keep in mind about depression among those living with Alzheimer’s disease include:
- It may not be as severe as in younger adults
- Symptoms may not be chronic. They may come in waves, and disappear without cause
- Bouts of depression may not last as long in those with Alzheimer’s disease
- It may be more difficult to detect depression in those with this disease because many of the symptoms mimic those of Alzheimer’s
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with Alzheimer’s disease can be one of the most challenging things you can do in your life. This is a very difficult undertaking, and virtually impossible to handle on your own and maintain your own health and quality of life. This is where senior care can make a tremendous difference in your life, as well as that of your aging parent. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule to ensure their needs are met effectively, efficiently, and respectfully. Not only is this beneficial for them, helping them to maintain better health and more independence as they age, but also for you. With this help, you can take a step back, ease your stress, and focus more on your parent-child relationship with your parent.
If you are considering senior care in Westport, CT for a senior loved one, please contact the caring staff at Executive Home Care in Stratford CT. Executive Care is operated by individuals who have dedicated their lives to providing quality in-home care services. Call today: 203-690-1963.Back