Have you been feeling down or had little interest or pleasure in doing things you used to enjoy? Feeling down once in a while is normal, but some people feel a sadness that just won’t go away.
Depression is common in the United States, and a leading cause of disability affecting men and women of all ages. It has a major impact on a person’s quality of life and can make it difficult for people to care for other health concerns they may have. There are effective treatments for depression.
Your primary care team may ask two questions to assess your emotional well-being during your office visit. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, don’t keep them to yourself. Please discuss them with your provider.
If you have been diagnosed with asthma, it’s important to take your medicine regularly, stay away from things that make it hard to breathe (asthma triggers), get your annual flu vaccine and have regular check-ups. Asthma treatment usually works well to ease and prevent symptoms.
There are two main kinds of medicines for asthma: quick-relief medicines and controller medicines:
- Quick-relief medicines are used to treat asthma attacks (always carry with you). Albuterol is the generic name for a commonly used quick-relief medicine.
- Controller medicines help keep the airways from swelling. People with frequent asthma symptoms use 1 - 2 times daily to prevent asthma attacks. Controller medicines cannot be used to stop an asthma attack.
If you have frequent or severe symptoms, talk to your provider about your asthma action plan—what medications to take daily, what medications to take if your symptoms get worse, and when you need to get help.
Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can have high physical, emotional and financial costs. Sometimes, taking care of the person with Alzheimer’s disease makes you feel good because you are providing love and comfort. Other times, it can be overwhelming. Each day brings new challenges. You may not even realize how much you have taken on because changes can happen slowly over a long period of time.
Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. There are a number of ways you can take care of yourself, such as: joining a caregiver support group, asking friends and family for help when you need it, spending time with friends, eating healthy food, getting exercise as often as you can and seeing your provider on a regular basis. For a list of caregiving tips and resources from The National Institute on Aging, click here.
Get information on the dementia caregiver support group offered at The Everett Clinic.