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Caregivers in La Jolla Happy About Lower Depression Rates Among Seniors

As senior caregivers in La Jolla, we would like to think that we are primarily responsible for a slight decrease in depression among seniors in San Diego County over the last decade or so. But actually, the decrease is nationwide, according to a new and encouraging study. It seems that seniors across the country are less likely to be depressed than they were fifteen years ago, perhaps because they face fewer pressures and sources of confusion during their later years.

What Causes Depression?

Like most mental conditions, depression usually has a complex set of causes. But in general, experts believe that seniors become depressed when they experience drastic changes in their life circumstances. Between retirement, the death of friends and family members, and increasing health issues, seniors have a lot of those changes to face. If family members don’t rally and help them through these difficulties, seniors may well contend with depression.

A Declining Trend

Thankfully, the new research shows that depression is becoming less of a problem among almost all senior age groups. Caregivers in San Diego County can partner with family and friends to help seniors cope with the many changes happening in their lives. They can remind them that not all of the changes are bad ones! Retirement creates opportunity to spend time with grandchildren, take up a hobby, or simply catch up on relaxing after a long, full life spent working. These encouragements, along with improved depression medications and other medical advancements, are probably responsible for the lower depression rates.

Good News for Caregivers in San Diego County

One of those drastic life changes that many seniors experience is leaving their family home to live in a long term care facility. Sometimes that move is unavoidable, but in many cases it is not as necessary as it seems. Professional caregivers can provide all the help necessary to allow many seniors to remain at home, free of the responsibilities that they just can’t take care of any longer.

Originally posted 2013-07-25 10:30:31.

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About Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.