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The Loving Care Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

Depression in Older Adults

By Manas Ananda

February 25, 2022

 Depression is a mood disorder that affects how people feel, act, and think. It is very common for older adults to experience depression at some point in time and if left untreated, can lead to social isolation, loneliness, and feelings of hopelessness and despair (Nia.nih.gov). As people age, they tend to spend more and more time alone. Without a support system in place, many seniors experience depression when faced with a major life event or death of a loved one.

 Loving Home Care provides companion care for seniors and encourages them to engage in meaningful activities throughout the day. We believe that healthy lifestyle changes can have long term benefits to your mental health and reduce the symptoms associated with depression. We also encourage seniors to develop and maintain caring and supportive relationships, remain physically active, and eat a healthy balanced diet.

  If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, contact Loving Home care at (802) 489-4927 or [email protected] One of our client care coordinators will be available to discuss your situation and find a companion for you to overcome life’s challenges with. Let’s build a relationship that helps create meaning and purpose by highlighting your strengths and offering encouragement to discover ways that help you move forward.

Arthritis

By Manas Ananda

February 4, 2022

  Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation and swelling around the joints. It affects nearly sixty million Americans and produces debilitating symptoms that diminish their quality of life. The most common symptoms associated with arthritis include pain or aching, stiffness and swelling (CDC). While there is currently no cure, there are ways to manage symptoms, reduce swelling, and improve wellbeing.

  There are over 100 different kinds of arthritis. The most common form is known as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease where cartilage in the joints break down over time (CDC). Self-management education teaches skills to help people cope with painful symptoms, reduce stress, and make healthy lifestyle choices. Some of these choices include eating anti-inflammatory foods like fish, berries, and avocados. It also recommends avoiding other foods that are linked to inflammation such as refined carbohydrates, processed, and fried foods (Healthline).

  In addition to a healthy diet, chronic inflammation can also be reduced by incorporating physical activity into our daily life. The benefits of regular exercise include an increase in mobility and a long-term reduction in depressive symptoms. Exercise regimes that include low impact activities like walking, biking, and swimming develop strength, balance, and physical function. It also helps manage weight, which reduces pressure on the hips and knees.

  If you or someone you care about is affected by arthritis, discuss the importance of these benefits and whenever possible, try to incorporate them into your life. While there is no known cure for arthritis, healthy lifestyle choices can reduce inflammation and increase wellbeing.