Be understanding of symptoms and watch language
Be observant of subtle signs of depression and be willing to talk about feelingsAdult children should be understanding of the struggles their parents face and be willing to speak with them about their feelings without discomfort or dismissal. With their desire to avoid being a burden to family members, many might deny feelings of depression. Children should look for more subtle signs, such as excessive wringing of hands, irritability, or difficulty sitting still.
Be supportive when it comes to medical care
It is not possible to force someone to get medical care like seeing a professional for depression, so be understanding about fears that the person might feel and work at being supportive. This might mean offering to come to appointments and meet with the doctor or simply providing transportation and scheduling assistance. Use gentle encouragement to persuade them to get the help they need.
Depression in the elderly can be a common geriatric psychiatric problem. Understanding how children can help their parents cope can help improve quality of life for all involved.