Loss: Fact of no longer having something or having less of something.
Posted March 7th, 2012 by Sue Sullivan

Many elders suffer multiple losses—loss of a spouse, a family member, a close friend, their health and their independence.

With the loss of health comes the loss of independence. Depending on someone to take you shopping, to the doctor or even making personal decisions for you can be debilitating to someone who has been independent. Clients often suffer in silence; however their depression can manifest itself in agitated, sullen or even silent behavior.

What can be perceived as a bad mood could be someone grieving over a loss. Be patient, talk about something pleasant, try to get that individual to express their feelings without judgement. While listening you might interject something hopeful that will ease their anxiety. Remember to recognize the losses they might be dealing with. Take advantage of every opportunity to allow your loved one to express their feelings.

Talking together will help both you and your loved one. Sue.

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