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Senior Depression- 10 Ways to Avoid Depression in a Senior Care Facility

While much or our focus is on providing and giving articles on the latest and greatest senior technologies, we also like to delve into things that are on senior’s minds, but are not talked about as much.  One thing that is very prevalent in senior long term care facilities and nursing homes is depression among seniors, especially those at facilities that do not have a lot to offer in terms of entertainment and socializing.

senior-depressionSenior depression can be caused by many reasons but generally they come from loss of a spouse, change in daily routine and an overall feeling that their life may be over soon.   It is important for seniors to stay busy and focus on positive things in life, rather than negative when thoughts of depression sink in.   For those who are feeling down or need a little boost, we at SeniorTV have some alternatives to help you on your way.  Here is a list of 10 ways to avoid senior depression when living in a senior care facility.

  1. Exercise – Whether it is taking a walk, light yoga or working out with weights,  exercise releases endorphins in the brain that help counteract depression.  We recommend getting some form of exercise in daily to help.
  2. Get More Sleep– Exercise usually helps those with sleeping problems, as their body naturally needs more sleep when it is has worked more. While many seniors have trouble sleeping in, we recommend that they take a nap whenever possible during the day and at least get in 8 hours of sleep a night if possible.
  3. Make New Friends– The great thing about being a senior is that other seniors have the same problems and issues that you may have and it is easy to relate. Many seniors who had trouble talking to people at a young age often feel this same anxiety as they get older.   Try to make a new friend in your living center and you may be surprised how much you have in common with others.
  4. Get Involved– Most good nursing homes and long term care facilities offer a number of different clubs and activities for senior citizens.   As you get older you may find something new such as chess or knitting that you never knew that you liked before.  Be brave and try one of those clubs that you may see a flyer for when you are walking around your nursing home.
  5. Indulge Yourself – If you made it to your golden years, you are obviously doing something right so now is time to enjoy the things in life that you deserve.  Whether it is buying a new TV or computer or eating that favorite dessert that you hold off on, now is the time to indulge yourself.
  6. Try New Technology – At SeniorTV we specialize in new technology. Instead of explaining everything new, take a look at this post to see some of the most popular technologies that seniors love.
  7. Find a Partner – Now more than ever, widows and single seniors are finding a companion in their nursing home or long term care facility.  As the loss of a spouse is perhaps the biggest cause of senior depression, the spark of a new romance may be the easiest way out of that funk.
  8. Find Your Niche – Have you ever wanted to do something your whole life, but never had the time to get it done, now may be the time to try that thing.  Whether it is painting, trying a new hobby or writing a book, more seniors are discovering themselves at an older age than ever before.
  9. Find Old Friends– With Facebook being the #1 social media site in the world, now more than ever are seniors connecting with friends from their younger years. Whether it is an old friend or partner, Facebook is the easiest way to connect online with people from your past.
  10. Think Positive– Perhaps the easiest way to avoid senior depression is to start thinking positive and finding ways to do that.   There are a ton of self-help books about the power of positive thought and changing your mindset will result in an overall change in attitude and how you live your daily life.