Elderly Parents Dealing with Depression And Its Medication Can Be a Cause for Concern for the Sandwich Generation

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The senior citizen and baby boomer news of antidepressant medications causing elderly parents to fall more is definitely important for the Sandwich GenerationDepression! It can hit all ages, can't it? I was mildly depressed when I discovered my favorite, easy to use editing tool, Picnik.com – perfect to help me with pictures from my digital camera – was closing up and partially moving to Google + (yes, I do take my tech goodies a little too seriously at times, but really – this is costing me a TON of time to find a replacement, so it is a bit of a big deal. 🙂 ). One of my grandkids was in tears over similar geeky news in his world this week (more on that tomorrow – and yes, he's doing fine! :)). And for the Sandwich Generation, caring for elderly parents, we well know that depression can also impact our aging parents.

Whether it is over the loss of a beloved spouse, being alone so much, or having to move from their beloved home to a family member's home or a senior care residence, depression can definitely be a big factor in all of that.

If your senior parent is taking, or thinking of taking, medication for their depression or anxiety, do have them be extra cautious. I had already heard that Xanax was a cause for concern for a beloved senior citizen as they are more likely to fall due to it. Now there is important news for seniors about Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) that are often prescribed for depression – they, too, are causing more falls among the elderly – particularly those with dementia – At Dementia Today, I read, "However, now it is being said that SSRIs make a person suffering dementia to fall quite often which could lead to his death. As per the research, the risk of this kind of medication is three times more than that caused by using conventional dementia drugs."

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves Twitter as a great resource to help with caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildrenAnd the headline at Online National News Network exclaims, "Depression drugs ‘causing falls,'" with a quote from Professor Clive Ballard, from the Alzheimer’s Society, who said it was "worrying" that such a commonly prescribed anti-depressant was causing increased risk…It is important to highlight any aspect of care that might be causing risk to a person with dementia. We want to ensure that people with the condition are always receiving the best care possible."It's definitely cause for concern, awareness, close supervision and lots of prayer for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, caring for our elderly parents and other relatives – in their own home or in a care facility! Don't forget, a big help with that awareness factor is #eldercarechat as well as #talkalz on Twitter.  You can find a recap of the latest #ElderCareChat all about the Sandwich Generation by clicking here, follow SandwichINK on Twitter by clicking here, and…

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    • mary
    • January 27, 2012

    I also learned this fall that when an elderly person has even mild kidney disease, the drugs they are taking may not flush out of their body as quickly as normal, sometimes quadrupling the amount in their system. Pretty scary stuff.

    After one fall on August 17th tripping on a loose rug at the local bank (without drugs), 5 ER visits, 3 hospital admissions and a long nursing home stay, Mom came back home on Jan. 14th.

  1. WOW! That’s good info to know, Mary. Thanks so much for sharing. And HOORAY that your mom is back home! What a blessing. 🙂

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