How to cure depression and loneliness in the Elderly
Statistics show that more than 19 million Americans every year, regardless of age, race, or gender, develop depression. We all feel sad once in a while. Usually, this sadness goes away without any help. However, when we feel down or upset for long periods, these feelings are considered depression. By following our 5 simple non-medicational tips on how to cure depression in the Elderly, you can help loved ones to stay happier and healthier. They will develop a desire to live and remain active.
- 𝗣𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴
Positive doing is more than being happy or showing a positive attitude. Positive actions will build priceless value in your life. This value will last much longer than laughing about a joke.
How can we create positive doing and positive thinking?
You can start by doing activities you enjoy more often. Something that gives you satisfaction and happiness. For example, it can be reading a book, writing a poem, painting, or baking a cake for some friends or family. For others, it might be playing the guitar, riding a bicycle, or playing with a dog. We all know what makes us happy and brings satisfaction to our life. The secret is to start doing it every day.
- 𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆
Older people who perform at least one productive chore per day have better health. This can lead to a better night’s sleep, a better relationship, and a better mood. Why? Because completing tasks like house cleaning, gardening, washing dishes, taking the trash out, washing clothes, or even paying bills give a sense of satisfaction. The sense of pride and accomplishment of doing something productive will last much longer than eating a delicious meal.
- 𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀
A significant part of being happy and healthy is to socialize with other human beings. Older people must have daily conversations and have a chance to share feelings and emotions with others. Most elderly do not have friends to share these feelings with or to have daily conversations with. As part of a meaningful and authentic conversation, they feel a great sense of self-worth. Just one daily phone call reminds them that they have a place in this world, and they matter. That feeling is priceless. Having someone to talk to, and interact with, can make an older person’s day. To know that someone is going to call you is a positive motivation to get up and get dressed in the morning.
- 𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝟭𝟬 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝘂𝘁𝗲𝘀
Sunlight helps increase the production of both serotonin and endorphins in the brain. That gives you a higher level of energy and helps keep you positive and focused.
Daily walking has so many benefits including the following:
- Increased life expectancy
- Prevent and control heart disease and high blood pressure
- Help control Diabetes
- Improve the digestive system
- Strengthen muscles
- Stabilize mood swings without medication
- Improve balance and coordination
- Boost cognitive functions
- 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 O𝗺𝗲𝗴𝗮-𝟯 𝗙𝗮𝘁𝘁𝘆 𝗔𝗰𝗶𝗱𝘀
Scientists discovered lower levels of omega-3s in the red blood cell membranes of patients with depression. Our body needs Omega-3 fatty acids to function and provide health benefits. Some studies have shown that omega-3’s can travel through the brain cell membrane and interact with mood-related molecules inside the brain. As a result, it helps ease depression. Omega-3 fatty acids can be promising natural remedies for depression. Make sure to talk to your doctor about adding any supplements to your diet.
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in“. -Haruki Murakami