Mental Health Issues
Depression is a treatable medical condition, not a normal part of aging. However older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression. Depression is not just having “the blues” or the emotions we feel when grieving the loss of a loved one. It is a true medical condition that is treatable, like diabetes or hypertension.
The following online resources provide access to reliable information about the diagnosis and treatment of depression in seniors:
Information from National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Depression causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily
activities, such as sleeping, eating, and working. Information from the National Institute
Depression can be triggered by common chronic medical conditions that older people often experience, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, congestive heart failure, cancer, heart attack, or stroke.
Studies show that most older adults feel satisfied with their lives, even though they may have more illnesses or physical problems. Sometimes, however, important life changes can make you feel uneasy, stressed, and sad. These changes could include the death of a loved one, retirement, dealing with a serious illness, or having to stay home due to COVID-19. Many older adults will eventually adjust to the changes. But some people will have more trouble adjusting. This can put them at risk for mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.