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How Can You Help Your Senior Veteran Suffering from Depression?

Care for Aging Veterans in Fairfield CT

Care for Aging VeteransDepression is a very serious issue that millions of people throughout the country deal with every day. Only a medical professional should diagnose an individual with depression, and for aging veterans, home care can be a great option to help them overcome some of these aspects of depression.

There are many different signs that could indicate a senior is dealing with depression. Some of them can include withdrawing from various activities the elderly veteran used to enjoy doing. Another sign could be avoiding family or friends.

Not wanting to talk to friends or family on the phone, avoiding visiting with people who matter most in the elderly veteran’s life, and more can all be potential signs of depression. Being inactive, preferring to simply watch TV all day and not take part in certain activities they’re physically capable of doing, and more can all be warning signs that something is not quite right.

How can you deal with the situation when it’s a loved one?

Maybe it’s your father or grandfather. Perhaps this person served during World War II or the Korean War. Maybe it was the Vietnam War. If they didn’t serve during an active time of combat, they won’t qualify for the pension known as the Aid and Attendance.

This pension program can help pay for home care for aging veterans. How would that be beneficial for an elderly veteran who might be dealing with depression?

Experienced home care aides, especially those who work for an agency, have a great deal of training and have worked with other seniors going through many of the same issues. A lot of the depression that somebody may be experiencing could be attributed to various prescription medications, anxiety about their future or health issues, and even the loss of loved ones.

Being more active, helping a senior find motivation, and tapping into areas of interest are all ways to help encourage somebody to move beyond the stages of general depression.

As noted earlier, no one except a licensed and experienced medical professional can or should diagnose another individual with depression. Family or friends shouldn’t take it upon themselves to assume they know what the senior needs in this particular situation.

The best thing anyone can do to help a loved one during these challenges in life is to encourage them to visit their doctor, get active in things they enjoy, and promote a higher quality of life as a result. Relying on a professional and experienced home care aide can help achieve that simple goal.

If you or an aging loved one are considering care for aging veterans in Fairfield, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.

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Jay Kiley

Jay Kiley has spent over well over 30 years providing world class customer service to clients around the world. Whether it was during his career in banking as asenior officer with Fortune 500 companies or working with some of the wealthiest people in the world with the Superyacht Rigging Company he owned with his brother; customer service was and is first and foremost.

As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut for the past several years Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the four five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife of 34 years,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing first hand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family.