ARTICLES / General /
Depression in The Elderly /
By Estee Bienstock, R.N.
Caregiver skills that are important to
nurturing our elderly patients with depression
Deteriorating health and advancing age present
problems for the patient and their loved ones.
Issues associated with depression can lead to family
conflicts, even more isolation, financial strain,
abuse of drugs or alcohol, and thoughts of suicide.
Depression, left untreated, prevents elderly loved
ones from enjoying life as they have in the past.
A strong support system is often helpful to both
the caregiver and the senior person's well being.
Find sources of help for caregiver tasks. Contact
family, friends, neighbors, church/synagogue,
workplace, Area Agency on Aging or other
organizations. Keep looking!
Family physicians can have a significant impact
on the health and well-being of the elderly and
their caregivers. Family physicians can educate
caregivers on behavioral management techniques and
coping strategies. By providing the holistic
approach to care for patients and caregivers, family
physicians can help prepare families for the many
phases of this challenging role and allow the
patients to feel safe with their dignity left