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ELDERS WHO ARE DEPRESSED: TASKS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS


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LDERS WHO ARE DEPRESSED: TASKS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS

1. Be Aware of the Following Symptoms

  • Apathy
  • Social withdrawal
  • Weight loss
  • Agitation

2. Listening

This is the most important task you can provide. Listen without making judgementsAcknowledge the pain and hopelessness they are experiencing. Encourage treatment.Do not try to be a therapist.

 

3. Observe and be Aware of Behaviors , Events, and

Changes Which Concern You

Changes which are observed at around the same time may be a cause for concern.

4. Describe those behaviors which are different so that the elder may recognize and prehaps acknowledge their depression

5. Offer to Accompany the elder to a doctor or therapist.

6. Be Prepared for Anger and/or Resistance

The anger expressed towards you comes from the depression . It is not necessarily from your relationship.

7. Encourage Regular Social Outings.

Don't push but be persistent. Make yourself available for transportation or other services which you can provide.

8. Remind Them to Comply with Treatments.

Many tend to stop medications or other treatments or to miss appointments with doctors/therapists.Raise concerns if this happens

 

For More Information go to : www.gmhfonline.org/gmhf/consumer/role_family_friends.html

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