Depression in Seniors
- Posted on: May 23 2017
The difficult changes that you may face as you grow older—such as the death of a spouse or medical problems—can lead to depression, especially if you don’t have a strong support system. Left untreated, depression prevents you from enjoying life like you used to, and its effects go far beyond mood.
Depression not only makes you feel sick—with aches, pains, and fatigue—it actually makes physical health worse. Depression also gets in the way of memory and concentration. In fact, it can have such an impact on thinking that it’s sometimes mistaken for dementia, but depression is not a normal or necessary part of aging, and it can be successfully treated. You can feel better and enjoy your golden years once again, no matter what challenges you face.
Depression is a problem for many older adults.
· Have you lost interest in the activities you used to enjoy?
· Do you struggle with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness?
· Are you finding it harder and harder to get through the day?
If so, you’re not alone.
Depression is a common problem in older adults. You’re especially vulnerable if you have health problems. The symptoms of depression affect every aspect of your life, including your energy, appetite, sleep, and interest in work, hobbies, and relationships.
Unfortunately, all too many depressed seniors fail to recognize the symptoms of depression for what they are or get the help they need. There are many reasons depression in older adults and the elderly is so often overlooked:
· You may assume you have good reason to be down or that depression is just part of aging.
· You may be isolated—which in itself can lead to depression—with few around to notice your distress.
· You may not realize that your physical complaints are signs of depression.
· You may be reluctant to talk about your feelings or ask for help.
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