Adult Day Services: How We Can Ease Depression Symptoms

dstricoff October 6th, 2010, 10:33 AM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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Seniors may experience many losses — loss of loved ones, loss of functioning and financial losses, just to name a few. These kinds of losses can lead to depression, which can make the task of caregiving more difficult. Over the years, we’ve seen so many seniors who have come to us suffering from depression. After spending time at the Day Center, participating in activities and socializing with other seniors and staff, we have also seen a remarkable reduction in symptoms of depression.

For example, Ms. L. was no longer able to take care of herself due to dementia, so she moved in with her granddaughter. Her granddaughter was married with a small child and working full time, and it was a difficult transition for everyone. A home health aide was placed in the home. Ms. L. was anxious and depressed. She cried frequently and stopped eating. Her granddaughter was considering placing her in a nursing home, and then her VNSNY CHOICE Nurse Consultant (http://2010.vnschoice.org/) suggested our Adult Day Center.

Ms. L. was resistant and non-verbal at first, but after a couple of weeks at the Center, her granddaughter called us to report positive changes in Ms. L.’s mood and behavior. She stopped crying, started eating again and became more positive, verbal and engaged at home. This greatly reduced stress on her family, they increased her days at the Center to five days a week and they are no longer discussing nursing homes. Ms. L. has been coming to the Center for over six months and we have seen remarkable changes in her. She now gets dressed up every day, is quite social with staff and other seniors and she participates in activities all day long. It’s a win-win for Ms. L and her family!

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