Unsurprisingly, the current COVID pandemic has taken a major toll on the
mental health of our seniors. As it stands, one out of every four older adults
in the US is believed to have depression or anxiety, with the major
contributing factors being:
Social isolation – which leads to daily routine distractions
Loneliness – dues to social isolation
Fear and stress – related to the pandemic
Bereavement – due to the pandemic
Depression in seniors is not always evident:
Now, the problem with depression is that it is not always obvious or
evident, meaning your loved one could be depressed already but is
concealing the symptoms so effectively or isn’t even aware they are
depressed in the first place.
Hidden depression, also known as smiling depression since the victim is
always “happy and content,” is very dangerous as it keeps the victim from
getting help. The more they keep their symptoms hidden, the less likely
their families and other loved ones can offer the help that is so desperately
important during such times.
The dangers of untreated depression in seniors:
Depression, whether in seniors, children, or younger adults, is a medical
condition, meaning it’s a condition that must be treated by a medical expert.
While the support of loved ones is still paramount to their recovery, the
person cannot recover fully without seeking medical help and sticking to the
Now, the bad thing about untreated depression is that it has been
associated with high cases of suicide among the elderly. Suicidal thoughts
are common in people with depression, however, people with hidden
depression are more likely to act on such thoughts due to lack of /delayed
Other than suicidal thoughts and actual suicide, untreated depression in
seniors can lead to the abuse of alcohol and other intoxicants, which
worsens the condition and may lead to other problems, such as serious
falls and other accidents.
The good news:
The good news is that depression in seniors can be treated successfully,
no matter how severe. As with any other condition, early treatment is highly
So how do know if your elderly loved one is depressed, especially during
this COVID era? Of course, the best way to identify the signs of depression
in your loved one is by spending time with them regularly (while keeping a
safe distance as per the COVID regulations). That way, you might be able
to identify one or two signs, no matter how subtle.
Subtle or early signs of depression in seniors may include:
Unkempt appearance and surroundings
Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
Decreased energy and fatigue
Sleeplessness or sleeping too much
Unusual behavior, like smoking and too much drinking
Anger and irritability
Loss of interest in their hobbies or activities they once enjoyed
Sometimes, people with depression will tell you they are depressed, so it is
important to listen carefully even as you look out for the signs given above.
Companion Care for Seniors in Atlanta – Astin Home Care
At Astin Home Care Agency, we know that many of our elders are feeling
lonely and socially isolated with the pandemic as seeing family, friends, and
other acquaintances in person is no longer easy. Our companion care
services for seniors and other homebound individuals has been extremely
beneficial, not only in providing the companionship and support that they
require during this time of uncertainty, but also in helping them to connect
with their families and other loved ones through Zoom, FaceTime, and
other virtual platforms.
Another benefit that comes with our companion care services is that our
able caregivers have been trained to identify any slight changes in our
clients. Any changes, no matter how subtle, are reported to family
members or representatives to ensure no chances are taken on their
Astin Home Care follows all COVID guidelines given by the CDC.
To learn more about our in-home care services in Atlanta or to get free tips
on how to stay connected with loved ones during the COVID pandemic,
please feel free to contact our support team- we are here to assist you in
any way we can.
Telephone- (770) 790-0012
Email – [email protected]
Website – https://www.astinhomecare.com/