Mental Health Issues 

Depression

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:​

MedlinePlus: Depression

Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older 

Information from National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Depression and Older Adults

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

on Aging.

Older Adults and Depression

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.