Late life depression is very common amongst elderly patients, and can be challenging to detect. Many times the physical symptoms of depression can be overlooked as medical symptoms. Once detected, late-life depression can also be complicated to treat. So, how do I prepare if a loved one is suffering from late-life depression?
The treatment process for late-life depression can take much longer than most people's expectation. Severe depression amongst the elderly can at times take 12 weeks to show signs of improvement. Having patience with the process will allow you to prepare mentally.
Many hospitals, and senior living facilities offer support groups for caregivers of elders suffering from mental illness. Be sure to research support group options in your area. This is a great way to meet others going through similar experiences. Also, you'll be able to learn how others are coping with their situations.
Do some research on late-life depression. What is my loved one going through? What are some symptoms? A simple Google search will be able to lead you in the right direction. To learn more about the symptoms your loved ones may face be sure to check out New England Geriatrics' depression training video.