Take them out - When a person is physically and metally active, depression is less likely to occur. Recommend things you can do together like taking a walk, a cooking class, a trip to the movies, or grocery store. Try to choose activities that can help stimulate both the mind and the body. Schedule regular outings and activities to help combat isolation.
Meal planning - A well-balanced diet can help with depression. Plan and cook for your loved one and make sure they are eating right. Prepare meals with plenty of fruits, vegetables, protien, and whole grains. Sit and enjoy a good meal with your friend or family member. The social interaction will be an added plus to help elevate their mood as they enjoy a healthy meal.
Encouragement - Simply encourage your loved one to follow through with treatment for depression. Depression can recur if treatment stops too soon. Make sure your senior is taking their medications properly and as instructed and their doctor.
Watch for warning signs of suicide - If your loved one is thinking about suicide, get immediate and professional help.
Helping a Relative or Loved One: