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Alzheimer's Disease

Depression in Elders: Symptoms, Triggers and What to Do

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Senior woman looking out window.
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Adult son comforting senior father.
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Awareness and empathy


Senior depressed man looking out window at home.
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Signs and symptoms of depression


Adult daughter supporting senior mother at home.
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Medically recognized triggers


Brain model.
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Brain chemistry


Woman upset about parking ticket.
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Stress


Senior woman ill and depressed at home in bed.
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Combined effects


Senior eating along at kitchen table.
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Additional triggers for elder depression


Adult son spending time with senior mother at home.
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Too much of a good thing


Senior man depressed and sitting on bed at home with head in hand.
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What’s next?


Senior at doctor appointment.
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Medically recognized treatments


Elderly woman talking to doctor writing in medical history.
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First defense


Doctor with hand on depressed senior woman's shoulder in support.
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A second opinion


Elderly woman behind the wheel of her car.
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Caregiver empathy can help


Elderly woman mourning the loss of her husband looking at his picture.
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Offering perspective


Adult daughter sitting with depressed father on the stairs at home.
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A sign of support


Adult daughters supporting elderly father who is depressed.
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Caregiver insight can help


Elderly father showing adult son a book he is reading.
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Reflect on your actions


Senior woman talking to psychologist.
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The takeaway


Senior father in wheelchair with adult daughter in garden.
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A 360 view


Senior couple talking and offering support to each other outside.
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Putting their happiness first


Carol Bradley Bursack

Carol Bradley Bursack

@mindingourelder

Carol Bradley Bursack is a veteran family caregiver who spent more than two decades caring for a total of seven elders. This experience provided her with her foundation upon which she built her reputation as a columnist, author, blogger, and consultant. Carol is as passionate about supporting caregivers work through the diverse challenges in their often confusing role as she is about preserving the dignity of the person needing care. Find out much more about Carol at www.mindingourelders.com.

Carol also serves on HealthCentral’s Health Advocates Advisory Board.