Aged care counsellors represent a vitally important support role for the elderly, as many in their twilight years have a lot to contend with such as personal loss, illness and mental health issues like depression. Counselling courses teach you everything that’s required - including how to spot the signs of depression in seniors.
In order to provide counselling support to an elderly person - who may in fact not want you to notice - you first need to know they have a problem. As they say, forewarned is forearmed, and when you know exactly what to look for, those signs are so much more noticeable. So let’s take a look at a few of the symptoms.
A Number of Obvious Warning Signs
It’s understandable why some seniors get depressed, as many may be struggling with losing loved ones, chronic illness or plain old loneliness. The symptoms of depression are sometimes confused with those presented by cognitive issues like dementia, so it’s always wise to check with the patient to check their state of mind if any of the following signs are present.
- Poor concentration in day to day activities
- A loss of interest in things they normally love doing
- A continuing lack of appetite, leading to weight loss
- Untypical outbursts of anger
- A lack of quality sleep
As you’ll learn in counselling courses, anything out of the ordinary should alert you to the fact that something’s not wrong. It might be a coincidence, but then again it may not be, so staying vigilant is a wise move in these circumstances.
Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Issues
What you have to remember when working with the elderly is that they grew up in a very different time, when the world was very different. Counselling courses will give you the knowledge you need to help when issues are diagnosed, but they won’t teach you what attitudes towards mental health were like back in the 50s and 60s.
While the stigma hasn’t completely gone in the 2020s, it was far worse 50-60 years ago when issues like depression were viewed as something of a shameful stigma. It’s the reason why so many people of a certain age aren’t that keen to open up, as they think it makes them seem weak and or lacking in backbone. As a counsellor, it’s your job to tell them otherwise.
Affordable & Engaging Video-Based Training From OCA
Depression is just one of life’s many challenges and as an aged care counsellor, you’ll be helping seniors overcome them and enjoy a better quality of life. Thanks to affordable, engaging video-based counselling courses from OCA, it’s never been easier to get the skills and knowledge you need to get into rewarding fields like aged care mental support.
For example, our Counselling Advanced Certificate is just one example of the CPD-approved training we offer that’s created in conjunction with industry experts who know exactly what’s required. If you’d like to know more about this or any of the easily digested, modular video-based courses that make learning a stimulating and enjoyable experience, visit us at www.onlinecoursesaustralia.edu.au today.
There you’ll also see a selection of flexible payment options that make our training accessible to everyone. However, should you require some advice or guidance prior to enrolment, give us a call today on 1300 611 404 and we’ll do everything we can to assist.