Depression affects around six million Americans ages 65 and older. It can lead to increased risk of cardiac disease and raises the risk of mortality from illnesses. It can also lead to suicide. In fact, suicide rates for people 80-84 are double that of the general population. Here are some ways we can combat this prevalent problem.
• Encourage socialization: Isolation is a major sign of depression. Humans are social by nature and tend to thrive when connecting with others. Circumstances related to getting older can increase the risk of isolation.
• Encourage activity: Exercise can help stave off depression.
• Help the person find a purpose: Oftentimes, the reason older adults feel depressed is because they feel like their life has no purpose. Volunteering can be a good way to help discover that purpose.
• Make sure they have healthy alone time: While isolation is not ideal, overscheduling someone and not giving him or her any alone time to reflect and unwind is also not ideal.
The main thing is to reach out to someone you know is struggling. This does not mean prying. Just let the person know you are there if something is wrong.
Tracy Sacre, President & Owner of Proof of Care
Tracy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Proof of Care, Vancouver’s leading home health company. After 20 years of nursing and 7 years of teaching caregivers, Tracy realized that the standard of care in the community for caregiving was desperately poor. In 2011 she took up the challenge and launched Proof of Care, which has gone on to provide care for hundreds of seniors, employ over 250 professional caregivers and lead the field by giving Canada’s best home care experiences daily.
Tracy can be found giving engaging speeches & seminars throughout Vancouver where she is fast becoming the authority on elder care in the home. While Tracy’s best known for her expertise in home care, her clients and staff share that her biggest impact comes from her ability to connect with seniors at an individual level and advocate for their physical and mental health.
Proof of Care service ranges from Companion Care, through to Personal Care, and Nursing – everything from keeping you company and helping with light housekeeping, to administering medications and changing dressings on wounds. All of these services are available in-home, or wherever home is – such as assisted living or long-term care living.
If you or an ageing loved one are considering Home Care Services in Vancouver, BC, please contact the caring staff at Proof of Care today on 604 986 2273, 24 hours a day.