Depression is a pressing condition, which, when left untreated, can hinder daily functions or even cause harm. Everyone can get depressed, and no one is immune. The elderly are particularly vulnerable due to isolation, sadness, loss of independence, and disability.
It can be tricky to diagnose depression in the elderly because some of the symptoms are so similar to other medical problems. In our experience as a home health agency in Florida, this is frequently the case.
As one of the leading providers of home health care, we must be up to date with the latest literature regarding depression. According to one of the latest research published by Harvard, the following are the most common medical problems that co-exist with depression in the elderly:
- Cardiovascular disease.
A quarter of people who have a heart attack suffered from depression, and a fifth developed depression afterward.
A small percentage of the elderly develop psychotic symptoms when under depression. Symptoms include feelings of persecution, or nihilism, among others.
A fifth of Alzheimer’s disease patients suffers from depression. Such a combination of issues may cause intellectual impairment in the long run.
We at Nationwide Healthcare Services, Inc., a provider of home health aide in Miami Gardens, Florida, do not take depression lightly. Our staff has the training and experience to take care of patients who are suffering from depression. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.