Older individuals suffering from depression often have severe feelings of sadness, but these feelings frequently are not acknowledged or openly shown. Sometimes, when an older person is asked if he or she is depressed, the answer is “no.” Some general clues that an older person is experiencing depression include persistent and vague complaints, help-seeking, moving in a slower manner, and demanding behavior.
Researchers say they have identified eight specific physical signs that strongly indicate that someone with advanced cancer is entering the last days of life. The hope is that this information will help family members and other caregivers better handle an impending death, as well as be more prepared for choices that may have to be made during end-of-life care. Read the full article.
For many people, January is a bleak month – holidays are over, credit card debt lingers, vacations have ended, and resolutions for the new year have already been broken. British psychologist Chris Arnall theorized that, according to a mathematical formula, the third Monday of the year is the most depressing day of the year. Although “Blue Monday” was started as a publicity campaign by Sky Travel and scientists have deemed the formula to be pseudoscience, social workers, therapists and counselors do say that more people seek help for depression in January than in December. Continue reading →
Being a volunteer for a bereaved individual can be challenging at times. Knowing what to do and what to say can be difficult. These lists can help guide you through your visits. Continue reading →