Depression In Older Adults

Feb 13, 2015

Contrary to many birthday card messages, depression is not a normal part of getting older-- but older adults are at an increased risk. When someone is depressed they have felt sad or anxious for some time and have had difficulty getting past such feelings in everyday life. Older adults are much more likely to have chronic health problems.

They may be misdiagnosed or undertreated. Healthcare professionals may view depressive symptoms as part of the illness or aging process. Older adults may not realize that, like other medical conditions, there are medical treatments for depression.

While most older adults are not depressed, those who are can get help. Go to a healthcare provider. It is never too late to seek a better life.

Reference:

http://www.cdc.gov/aging/mentalhealth/depression.html