According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression is one of the most common serious health issues in the United States.
ALTON — The hectic pace of life with the added responsibility of being a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can test the strongest among us. And for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia, being in the throes of depression can multiply the challenges they already face.
Learn the signs to watch for with Karen Harmon, clinical therapist with OSF Saint Anthony’s Psychological Services, as she presents Depression: The Many Faces at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at OSF Saint Anthony’s Adult Day Services. The Adult Day Services unit is located at OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital, 915 E. 5th St., on the ground floor.
“We will be discussing depression and how it affects the elderly,” Harmon said. “The presentation will also include tips for Alzheimer patients who have depression, as well as their caregivers. Depression can affect anyone at any time. If you know the signs, you will be in a better position to help your loved one or yourself.”
Since 1986, OSF Saint Anthony’s Adult Day Services has provided daily care, activities and transportation, for participants with varying degrees of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Educational and support services also are provided to the families and caregivers of the participants.
For information about OSF Saint Anthony’s Adult Day Services, or to register for this program, call (618) 463-5333.