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.
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.