Is Your Dad Depressed? These Seven Indicators Can Help You Decide

How can you tell if your dad is just sad, anxious, grumpy, or depressed? Depression in the elderly is common, yet it’s often overlooked. Here are seven of the most common indicators that depression is possible.

#1 – Giving Up On Favorite Activities

If your dad has stopped doing the things he used to love, it can be an indicator of depression. If he used to go out fishing with his friends every weekend and stopped, that can be a sign that something is wrong.

#2 – Bores Easily

Your dad can’t stay focused. He starts something new and gets bored within minutes. That’s another indicator of depression.

#3 – Feels Down for Days and Weeks

Your dad cannot remember the last time he felt happy. It’s been weeks and he can’t shake feelings of sadness. Sadness is normal, but it’s not normal when it’s been happening every day for weeks.

#4 – He’s Becoming Scatterbrained

Your dad used to be on top of things. Lately, he seems to get confused easily and forgets to do things that were once routine. While that can be a sign of dementia, it’s also a sign of depression.

#5 – He Feels Hopeless

No matter what your dad does to change things, he still feels hopeless. He doesn’t feel like things will improve. It’s time to talk to his doctor about depression.

#6 – He Stopped Socializing

It’s been months since you’ve heard your dad talk about his old friends. He doesn’t come to visit you at your house. When you show up at his house, he seems distracted and unhappy you’re there. When people are depressed, they often stop socializing and spend less time with their friends and family members.

#7 – He’s Fixated on Negative Outcomes

Your dad has become insistent that bad things are going to happen to him. He’s become very negative and doesn’t show any signs of optimism. It may be nothing more than frustration with the negativity he sees on the news and online, but he may be dealing with depression. It’s better to ask a doctor for an assessment.

No matter how much your dad resists your help, make sure he knows you care and want to help him. Join him at doctor appointments when you can and he wants you there. Ensure he has a safe ride to and from therapy sessions. Caregivers can help with that.

Talk to a senior care agency about the benefits of caregivers. Your dad can have help with scheduling appointments. He’ll have someone around to remind him to take medications or go for a walk. He also has a companion to talk to when he simply needs someone to listen. Call an agency to arrange to have caregivers spend time helping your dad.

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About Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
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