May 6, 2022
Mental Health Awareness Month was originally celebrated in 1949. That was 73 years ago! The goals of the sponsoring organization, originally the National Committee for Mental Hygiene (now Mental Health America), were to improve attitudes toward mental health/illness, improve services for mental health clients, and promote mental health.
Older adults are more at risk for depression due to several reasons. Factors such as a new medical diagnosis, stress, and sleep problems can all increase the risk of depression. Older adults with a family history of depression may be at higher risk. Social isolation and loneliness can also increase depression. Many older adults have physical limitations making activities of daily living and exercising more difficult.
Depression in older adults may be more difficult to recognize. They may exhibit the common symptoms of hopelessness, guilt, irritability, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, or sleeping, as well as suicidal thoughts. Older adults may also have a feeling of numbness or lack of interest in activities they once found pleasure in, and they may not be willing to talk about their feelings. Cultural background can also be a factor in the way they express their emotions.
Mental health is just as important as physical health in the older adult. Depression can increase the risk of physical problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Depression can also lead to death by suicide. Research has shown that early intervention with those suffering from depression is highly effective at reducing the chances of suicide.
At Cedar Trails Senior Living Freeburg, IL we understand depression is a treatable condition like diabetes or hypertension. Don’t settle for being depressed at any age! It is not a normal part of getting older. A primary care physician or mental health specialist can address chronic feelings of sadness.
Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, Illinois offers independent living plus, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include Essen Restaurant, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Peacefully located just southeast of the heart of Freeburg.
November 25, 2022
As Cedar Trails reflects on the last year, we’d like to be thankful for all our fun moments! From restrictions of COVID to being voted “Best Assisted Living,” it surely was a great year. We’ve had some new families join us and others unfortunately leave us. It’s safe to say that we’ve enriched the lives […]
November 11, 2022
When considering senior living, the Veterans Administration offers a pension potentially available to war era veterans and surviving spouses called Aid & Attendance. This information may not be easy to understand. Below is a snapshot of how this benefit may be useful to you or a loved one. The pension is a reimbursement to help […]