Recently I received an email from Annie Smith who is the Community Outreach and Senior Advocate for caring.com. She asked me to list a resource that helps seniors with depression, and their loved ones, learn about the benefits of assisted living, and how to choose a senior living community. Most of you know that I do not post anything on the BAC Blog unless it has value to our clients and our community and hardly if ever will I provide free advertising and if I do it has been researched and validated and then and only then would I put up a link. Seniors living with or developing clinical depression is rarely if ever the topic of conversations and it should be because it is taking place everywhere in the United States. What the driving force for me to post it was that so many seniors that have or are developing clinical depression according to Caring.com "struggle with aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won’t go away." and as we know when you are in pain you seek relief which 90% of the time comes in the form of opiates which eventually for many lead you to BAC's front door because you now have an addiction to opiates. Caring.com provides a definition of depression they state "Depression is a mental health condition associated with distress that can lead to impairments adversely affecting physical, mental, and social functioning. Some signs and symptoms include trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions." There are many definitions for depression according to the American Psychiatric Association depression is a mental condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection, typically also with feelings of inadequacy and guilt, often accompanied by lack of energy and disturbance of appetite and sleep. So, as you can see they are not far off and after looking at the website and reading the information that they provide it is a valuable resource and if you know someone who is in this situation its worth looking at and may just provide some answers or a solution.
Assisted Living for Seniors with Clinical Depression (caring.com)
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