Depression Prevention For Seniors

Seniors are prone to depression for a variety of reasons. Social isolation after retirement can make it easy for seniors to withdraw into themselves. At the same time, many people experience grief and loss as they age and elderly loved ones pass away. As seniors become sad over the loss of loved ones, many of them stop going out, exercising and caring for themselves, and that can cause a decline in health. The worse they feel, the more depressed they become. Those seniors who are able to ward off the effects of depression often do so by relying on activities that break the cycle of sadness and inactivity. The following activities can be very effective at preventing depression in seniors.

Pet Ownership

Owning a pet can ward off depression for a variety of reasons. Pets require physical activity in order to remain healthy and happy, which means that owning a pet requires the senior to stay active. Seniors who own pets will often find themselves going for walks, going to the vet and playing inside the house. Of course, pets bring more than just exercise to the life of a senior. Pets and owners share a special bond of unconditional love. This kind of bond may not take the place of a lost loved one or old friends, but can still make a senior feel special and appreciated.

Volunteer Work

Volunteering one's time can help with prevention of depression by getting the senior out of the house. Volunteer work is also helpful because it creates situations wherein the senior is providing a valuable contribution to society and interacting with other people at the same time. Volunteer work keeps seniors busy and engaged, and also active.

Seeing a Chiropractor

Many seniors suffer from achy joints and muscles and that can make it hard to maintain an active lifestyle. Chiropractors specialize in treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and can help with the aches and pains associated with age. In addition, many chiropractic offices offer massage therapy treatments, which can promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. Since feelings of anxiety and depression often go hand-in-hand, reduction of anxiety can prevent depression as well.

Seeing a Counselor

One need not be depressed to seek counseling services. Talking to a professional counselor, such as Albano Fischetti Counseling can help a senior feel listened to and in touch with other human beings, and that can prevent feelings of depression from ever beginning. In addition, seniors who have to keep a regular standing appointment that takes them out of their house can benefit from activity and fresh air.

If you are a senior who would like to know more about depression prevention, or if you wish to know more about depression prevention for a senior loved one, contact a counselor experienced with depression in seniors.