Feeling down or blue is a normal part of life, especially as we get older and we move into the next phase of our lives. That said, feeling worthless or aimless for more than two weeks at a time is not normal, and may be indicative of a graver problem. If you are experiencing depression, it is worth investigating with your healthcare provider and potentially monitoring with a life-saving device.
Depression is a serious mood disorder that negatively impacts how you feel, think, act and interact with yourself and those around. Symptoms can last for weeks, months and even years. Depression looks a lot like giving up and isolation, and the sufferer may have trouble concentrating, remembering things and making decisions.
This condition may feel like sadness, hopelessness, emptiness, guilt, worthlessness, helplessness and irritability. Physically, sufferers typically have less energy and may experience changes in appetite. The major types of depression can look a lot like grief, mourning, anxiety or fatigue, but will persist for longer than two weeks.
Depression that is triggered by life circumstances such as a change in income or physical mobility can compound feelings of aimlessness, and leave seniors believing that they no longer have a purpose. This feeling of worthlessness may cause a lack of energy and listlessness, which can result in further isolation, loneliness, purposelessness and emptiness. Seniors who feel this way may also stop participating in activities that they once enjoyed. At its worst, depression may drive sufferers to contemplate suicide.
Those experiencing a depressive episode may also experience the following impairments:
Medical alert devices for those experiencing depression should be used in conjunction with a more long-term approach to managing depressive moods.
Seniors suffering from depression may feel extreme bouts of loneliness. The chosen medical alert device should be tailored to the needs of the senior having these sorts of feelings and should include call routing so that non-emergency assistance can be provided. One advantage to this type of caregiver-based routing system is the anonymity it provides the requestor.
Another benefit of using this alert technology alongside therapy is the medical monitoring feature that reminds folks to take key medications. Furthermore, fitness tracking and activity monitoring can help encourage seniors to adopt a daily exercise routine.
Some of the best devices for depression offer in-home communication and 24/7 response center access, and work seamlessly with most nationwide cellular networks.
Those suffering from depression may opt to forgo carrying or using a medical alert device, but should try to seek a holistic approach toward managing their disease.
Medical alert devices are great tools that can be used in conjunction with therapy for seniors experiencing depression. Technology can grant seniors quick access to a large network of nurses, caregivers and other trained professionals if they are feeling anxious, sad or irritated. Certain alert devices are also discreet, so no one has to know if you or a loved one reaches out for help during a depressive episode or crisis. Just having the option to call someone to talk through a feeling can also aid in the long-term management of depression and allow the senior more confidence in getting back into a routine, even if it just means taking a simple walk or going to the store.