Exercise has been proven to help with depression but it needs to be consistently done 7 days a week to begin with.
Most of my home health care patients are depressed. In fact, most of US are! We just still have the strength to escape through working, sports etc.
If exercising 7 days a week sounds exhausting, start with asking your loved one to commit to just one walk down the driveway and back per day. That's it, just one.
Make no more demands or suggestions and wait to see if additional trip suggestions come from them! When and if they do, this is how I know when my patients are open to doing other things as they are likely benefiting from the numerous affects of just one walk a day.
If the drive is too long... start with half way or even just from the chair to the front door... where ever you start must be do-able and NOT overwhelming.
I've contacted family members to send cards once a week so that a trip to the mailbox becomes something to look forward to...
Just a few thoughts as home care physical therapist!
Marcia Oliver MSPT, CPT