Families should look out for signs that their elderly relative may be falling into depression in the run up to the holiday season, according to Home Instead Senior Care.
The senior care organization has issued a list of tell tale signs that could signal the onset of depression such as losing or gaining weight, finding it difficult to sleep, a general lack of energy and feelings of sadness.
With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas just around the corner more older adults are susceptible to experiencing feelings of loneliness and sadness if they have little or no companionship.
President and Chief Operating Officer of Home Instead Inc, Jeff Huber said: “The holiday season should be a happy time for older adults, but so often it’s not. That’s why companionship for seniors plays such a vital role before, during and even after the holiday season.”
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