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What could I do to help my parent who is depressed due to a broken hip?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Tough problem

My experience is that elderly patients become depressed after major injuries due to the loss of autonomy and decreased abilities.
Helping them regain as much independence as possible is very important. Helping them return to their preinjury routine is also essential. Dinner with friends, a hair appointment, bingo, bridge club, sports activities, whatever they were doing before.

In brief: Tough problem

My experience is that elderly patients become depressed after major injuries due to the loss of autonomy and decreased abilities.
Helping them regain as much independence as possible is very important. Helping them return to their preinjury routine is also essential. Dinner with friends, a hair appointment, bingo, bridge club, sports activities, whatever they were doing before.
Dr. Joel McClurg
Dr. Joel McClurg
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Dr. Bob Stewart
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Talk to the doctor

Who is treating your parent's hip or call a mental health professional.
Talk to your parent about his/her thoughts & feelings. Be empathic, not critical/judgmental. Provide or arrange help with tasks & encourage reasonable activities & interaction with supportive people. Help your parent feel useful while limited.

In brief: Talk to the doctor

Who is treating your parent's hip or call a mental health professional.
Talk to your parent about his/her thoughts & feelings. Be empathic, not critical/judgmental. Provide or arrange help with tasks & encourage reasonable activities & interaction with supportive people. Help your parent feel useful while limited.
Dr. Bob Stewart
Dr. Bob Stewart
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