Skype Helps Seniors with Depression Better Than Medication

The Washington reports that Skype is more helpful to seniors who have depression than psychiatric medication.


Currently there are nearly 3 million people in the state of Texas between the ages of 65 and 85. This number is only expected to grow and grow, to nearly double by 2040. Not only Texas – but the entire U.S.A. – has a strong need for geriatric mental health care professionals. Experts today are looking for ways to help seniors with depression; one such method is by using technology: Skype.


When one thinks of Skype, you may first think of connecting with an old friend from college or your husband/wife/partner while on business trips. Skype is best known for offering both voice and video chat via the computer at a very inexpensive price. It is fun to see the person you are speaking with – in “real time.” Skype is simple to use, with a headset you are ready to communicate with friends and family around the globe.


Using Skype with seniors is an ideal choice because they can connect with loved ones at a far distance. Not only can they have a phone chat, but they can visually see them as if they are having an in person visit. Now visiting with their grandchildren, children and other loved ones can be even more fun and engaging. It is as if they are “really right there” with them. This is especially ideal if loved ones are only able to visit occasionally due to being a long distance away.


Professor Namkee Choi is a teacher at the University of Texas, School of Social Work. Choi is working on a project to help low-income adults who have depression, to offer them problem-solving therapy. Choi states that seniors have not found anti-depressant medications to be as effective because they (medications) do not treat psychosocial stressors. The seniors she has studied are homebound.


Choi conducted a study, giving seniors psychotherapy through a computer using video conferencing such as Skype. While some did not like the experience, 94% did enjoy the study. Some said that the experience was “life-changing” and they hoped to continue therapy.


While not every senior needs therapy, using technology such as Skype in a nursing home can help seniors to stay more social. They can communicate with grandchildren, children and other loved ones. Now those who are clear across the globe suddenly aren’t so far away. It’s something to think about when you consider introducing technology to your nursing home to benefit residents!



About Saleem Mohammed
PROFESSIONAL PROFILE: I have substantial experience in Healthcare Marketing and PR, Human Resources Management, Medical Staffing, Outsourcing & Backroom Office Establishment and Management, Healthcare Account Management, and Multimedia Marketing. My recruitment experience covers nurses, therapists and other allied healthcare workers that are sourced all over US and overseas. As BDO, I brought a start-up company to its highest revenue mark, expanded its menu of services, designed & streamlined HR procedures and built effective cost-cutting measures. SPECIALTIES include, but is not limited to: Healthcare Marketing, Human Resources Management, Medical Staffing, Staffing Coordinator, Healthcare Recruitment, Account Management, Business Development, Healthcare Sales and Pricing Strategy, HR Training & Development, Career Coaching

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