Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen depression ’

SENIORS CONQUER DOLDRUMS AND DEPRESSION

Aug 24th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Because life is so full of change, often it meets seniors with being in the doldrums and having to deal with depression. These are the enemies of aging. They rear their heads and strike out at us until they have seemed to conquer us.

Depression is an insidious problem for older persons. Life seems not to have the charm and luster of earlier days. Troubles and problems and despair seem to attach themselves to us much like leeches in tropical waters. Sorting out meaning to life takes enormous energy, willingness to fight back at the negatives.

If health issues seem so prevalent that they weigh us down further, then all the more the presence of



PRESCRIPTION FOR DEPRESSION AND DOWN DAYS

Jun 5th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Since you are reading this, you must have access to a computer. Go to YouTube and look up Susan Boyle. There are videos of her stellar performance when she came on the scene like gangbusters, singing “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Miserables. If that doesn’t sweep the doldrums away nothing can. She literally knocked it out of the park for audience and judges and television viewers alike. She demonstrated how a 47 year old, plump, but determined, female can achieve her dream. She did it and has been doing it ever since. Susan Boyle is an inspiration to those who would seek to find that lifting one’s spirits is possible.

Another of my favorites is “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King. In this video he is joined by two of the young stars from the movie, and together they sweep up the audience with their ability to be upbeat and full of contagious



Seniors: Myths of Growing Older

May 12th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors are forgetful. Some are. Many adjust to aging and its implications quite well. Forgetfulness is a characteristic of some in aging. It does not have to be life threatening or something to fear. Adjusting to memory loss requires the sensitivity and support of others. This includes patience and careful tending of the relationship and not calling attention to being forgetful.

Seniors are, by nature, hard to get along with. Not so. They are subject, as are many of us, to depression, occasional anger, unpredicatable moods. Learning how to control those behaviors is a challenge to seniors, as well as anyone else. Behaviors of this kind are likely subject to a doctor’s visit to determine whether there are chemical imbalances or other physical/medical issues that need to be identified.



Seniors: Is it Grief or Depression?

Aug 10th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Senior citizens are at the top of the list of concerns when it comes to dealing with grief after the loss of a loved one.  Simply because of age, we are more likely than any other generation to experience grief when our spouse or sibling or dear friend dies.  Grief is normal, and we expect [...]