People think that depression is a normal part of aging. Many view it as a senior’s typical reaction when transitioning to an assisted living community or when suffering from chronic illness or loss. However, researchers have found that depression among residents in senior living communities is not only common, but also undertreated.
We all know that as we age our bodies decline mentally and physically. What’s surprising is when we experience it firsthand with our parents and grandparents. It’s a wake-up call that we may not be prepared to deal with, because it’s too painful, frustrating or time-consuming.
Wake up, drag ourselves out of bed, brush our teeth, take a shower, get dressed, drink coffee, eat breakfast and leave the house. Sound familiar? From the minute we wake up to the time we go to bed, we follow a routine set of activities to take care of ourselves. These activities of daily living (ADL) are common tasks that we learn to do in order to be self-sufficient.
Physiological Changes vs. Changes in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
When it comes to predicting clinical health declines, timing is critical. Unfortunately, physiological changes, blood pressure or heart rate for example, do not happen early enough to be of predictive value.