Dear Difference Maker
For you on this fall day, from the soothing words of author Kent Nerburn…
Remember to be gentle with yourself and others.
We are all children of chance and none can say
why some fields will blossom while others
lay brown beneath the harvest sun.
Care for those around you.
Look past your differences.
Their dreams are no less than yours,
their choices no more easily made.
And give, give in any way you can,
of whatever you posses.
To give is to love.
To withhold is to wither.
Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared
and your life will have meaning
and your heart will have peace.
Each year as we travel up to the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire to see the fall foliage, I am reminded of Anita Baker’s heart-opening song, “You Bring Me Joy.”
Every October 1 marks the beginning of the annual Pumpkin People contest in this area… it is my hope that they bring you as much JOY as they bring me!
Area businesses and homeowners get into the fall foliage spirit and create unique, colorful and playful “pumpkin people” throughout the village of Jackson, New Hampshire and surrounding towns.
There are pumpkin-fests all over the United States and Canada. If you live in such an area, make it a point to get out and enjoy a pumpkin celebration during this beautiful harvest season.
And in thinking about our International friends, we hope you enjoy taking in our harvest traditions and pumpkin people as much as we do.
As I think about the joy of the upcoming holiday season, I am also aware that it’s not necessarily a joyful time for everyone. Here’s an article today I think provides really excellent tips if the “blues” affect you or someone you care about at this time of year …
Depression in the Elderly: It’s Not a Sign of Aging
Written by Erica Cirino
Medically Reviewed by Timothy J. Legg, PhD, PMHNP-BC, GNP-BC on March 8, 2016
Did you know that ….
… Seven million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from depression. Unlike with many other groups, depression in the elderly often goes unrecognized or is mistaken for another condition.
… While the rates of depression are fairly low for the elderly living on their own—between one and five percent—they rise dramatically with the loss of independence. Twelve percent of hospitalized patients and 14 percent of those receiving home care have depression. Various studies have found that anywhere between 29 and 52 percent of elderly people living in nursing homes suffer from depression.
… Up to 90 percent of people who suffer from depression later in life don’t receive adequate care, with 78 percent receiving no treatment at all. Elderly patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) spend nearly twice as much on health care as those without the disease. In addition, the suicide rate among people over 75 is higher than that of any other group—more than one and a half times the average.
Sadly, suicide among the elderly is common. In the U.S., people over the age of 65 make up 12 percent of the population. However, they account for 16 percent of all suicides—or 14 per 100,000 individuals—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
White men over 85 have the highest suicide rate in the nation—nearly six times that of the general population. It’s estimated that between 20 and 40 percent of seniors who commit suicide don’t show any signs of major depression or bipolar disorder.
Often, suicide coincides with a doctor visit—20 percent on the same day, 40 percent within a week, and 70 percent within one month. Suicide triggers may include the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, severe or chronic pain, or a loss of physical or financial independence.
The most common cause of death by suicide in the elderly is by gunshot wound (71 percent). The presence of a handgun in the home doubles the chances that a depressed elderly person would take? their own life.
As people age and enter their senior years, they may appear to have less energy–staying home more often, eating lighter meals, and spending less time with friends. But while slowing down can be a natural part of growing older, it can also signal depression.
It’s common for depression in elderly people to be ignored or treated as a standard sign of aging. But the fact is, depression is no more normal for seniors than it is for other age groups. Take the time to recognize the symptoms of depression in older people. If you think an older loved one may be suffering, there are steps you can take to help ensure they get the help and support they need.
Causes and Symptoms of Depression in Seniors
Certain life changes that may occur as we age can put the elderly at increased risk for depression. These include:
- Health problems due to chronic pain, cognitive decline, or disease
- Loss of purpose due to retirement or physical limitations on activities
- Loneliness and isolation due to living alone or decreased mobility
Because of these changes, a certain amount of grief is natural and inevitable. However, a pervasive and lasting sense of hopelessness is not normal and should be treated. Additional symptoms to suggest that you may be dealing with depression in a senior include:
- Intense feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Slower speech or movements
- Decreased ability to carry out daily activities
- Thoughts of suicide or dying
There are a number of lifestyle changes that seniors can try at home to help decrease depression:
Stay active. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) says that physical activity has been proven to boost mood. In fact, research suggests that exercise may be an effective addition to antidepressant medication in treating depression. Encourage your elderly loved ones to incorporate more physical activity into their day. Even small actions can make a difference, such as climbing the stairs or doing housework.
Don’t isolate. Some older people may start to withdraw from social activities. But staying involved with others can help to keep depression at bay. Friends and family can help older loved ones stay positive and motivated to overcome depression. Help elderly relatives think of ways to reach out and connect with others, even if it’s just through phone or email.
Sleep and eat right. NAMI reports that lack of sleep can worsen depression symptoms–as can eating too much junk food or sugary snacks. Encourage seniors to sleep between seven and nine hours per night and eat balanced meals with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
If lifestyle changes don’t help ease their depression, make sure that your elderly loved ones seek medical treatment. A doctor will be able to advise on whether an antidepressant medication, or treatment with counseling and therapy, might be helpful.
HealthAhead Hint: Common Doesn’t Mean Normal
According to NAMI, over 6.5 million Americans over 65 suffer from depression. Though some of these seniors have experienced depression at earlier ages as well, many others develop symptoms for the first time late in life–even as late as their 80s and 90s. But although depression in the elderly is common, it’s not a natural part of the aging process. When you can recognize the symptoms of depression in seniors, then you can help them take the necessary steps to ensure they get support and treatment to improve their quality of life.
What if there was a very simple way to help your loved ones enJOY their lives so much more … would you encourage them to give it a try?
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From a recent abstract from Current Medical Chemistry:
Chronic pain management costs billions of dollars in medical exchequer to the world population. Additionally, 77% of people with chronic pains also have a degree of medically treatable depression. Bacopa Monnieri – BM – a renowned ayurvedic medicine has a strong antidepressant effect and significant anti-nociceptive effect, which is comparable to the effect of morphine via adenosinergic, opioidergic, and adrenergic mechanisms. BM has been also reported to be effective in neuropathic pains. Additionally, it has a strong anti-inflammatory effect mediated via COX-2 inhibitory mechanism.
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