Senior’s wellness: how to deal with clinical depression

The Canadian Psychological Association estimates that up to 15 per cent of Canadian seniors suffer from symptoms of clinical depression. Depression is a major problem for people who live in a retirement residence. If you’re showing symptoms, it’s important to talk about it with people you trust. At Billing’s Lodge Retirement Community in Ottawa, we strive to

create a healthy environment for seniors, and we want you to be happy here.

Which seniors are most affected by depression?

Seniors who have a history of depression are more at risk than people who have never suffered from it. Other risk factors include chronic illness, losing your independence, lack of social support and the loss of a spouse. People who live in assisted living facilities in Ottawa or provide long-term care to a loved one are more at risk than others.

Signs of depression in older adults

Many signs of depression in seniors are the same for people of all ages, and some are specific to older adults. Here are some things to look out for:

  •  Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Neglecting personal car
  • Withdrawing socially
  • Losing interest in hobbies
  • Change in eating habits
  • Memory problems
  • Slow speech or movement
  • Increased pain
Despite the name, people who suffer from depression don’t necessarily feel sad. Depression can also be characterized by anger, change in appetite, numbness and sleep problems. You may also notice that physical ailments like arthritis and headaches are more painful than they used to be.

Tips for preventing depression

There are many things you can do on your own to prevent depression. Here are a few tips.

  • Decorate and personalize your room to create a private space that’s all your
  • Join the activities organized by the retirement home 
  • Make friends within your community 
  • Go for a walk or do some other light exercise
  • Learn to meditate to help deal with your emotions 
  • Talk to your family or other loved ones about how you’re feeling
If you do get depressed, seek help from a medical professional. The nurses, assistants and doctors at Billings Lodge Retirement Community are here to help if you’re having dark
thoughts, or just need to talk.

A senior’s home in Ottawa with a family atmosphere

We offer a range of living options including independent apartments, assisted living for those who need more help and specialized housing for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s. No matter your living situation, all of our residents have access to a wide range of services including meals, health services and activities to keep you occupied.
Call us today if you’re looking for a caring environment in which to spend your senior years.
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