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3 Tips To Help The Geriatric Community With Depression


The Geriatric Community is one community that suffers from depression that I have not mentioned.  This article will mention three tips to help older adults with depression.  They include: listen without judgement, look for subtle signs, in addition to get active in their care.

Listen Without Judgement

According to, the first tip to help the elderly overcome depressive episodes is to listen without judgement.  The geriatric population has lived for along time.  If they have a story to tell about their family or their friends listen to them.  This is important information to them.  This will brighten their day.  The little tiny details that do not matter to us may brighten their day, like playing a board game.  This could be a daily hobby to them.  Play a board game with these patients.  Engage with them.  Engage in a conversation with them.  Their symptoms associated with depression will also decrease as well.

Look For Subtle Signs

In addition to listening without judgement, according to, the second tip to help the elderly overcome depression is to look for subtle signs.  According to, signs of depression in the elderly may include: wringing hands in large amounts, irritability, difficulty sitting still, not expressing their emotions even if they feel depressed due to not wanting to be a burden to loved ones, loss of appetite, in addition to loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed.  These symptoms must be present for more than two weeks.

Get Active In Their Care

In addition to listening without judgment and looking for subtle signs, according to, the third tip to help the elderly overcome depression is to get active in their care.  For instance, if they have a doctor’s appointment, go to the doctor’s appointment with them.  Let them know they are important.  Engage in a conversation with them in the waiting room.  Let them know you care.  Go into the room with them if you are allowed.  In addition, help them have a regular eating and sleeping pattern.  People with depression have a tendency to not eat and sleep in bed all day.  Make sure they get up and eat.


To end this article, three tips have been mentioned, specifically for the elderly population with depression.  They are focused on decreasing symptoms associated with depression.  To be specific, they include: listening without judgment, looking for subtle signs, and getting active in their care.


3 Tips To Help The Geriatric Community With Depression

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). 3 Tips To Help The Geriatric Community With Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2020, from


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