Depression and Old Age — Advice for Seniors and Their Caregivers

Around the world, it is estimated that 350 million people suffer from the debilitating condition known as clinical depression. In the United States, 14.8 million adults — nearly seven percent of the total population — suffer from the disease, making it a major public health concern. What’s more, people are more likely to experience depressive episodes as they grow older, even though many seniors are reluctant to report symptoms of depression themselves. For people involved in senior care, whether they are family members or caregivers, this is a serious concern. Thankfully, there’s a lot that we can all do to help seniors cope when the dark clouds of depression roll in! Knowing and Understanding the Signs The first step when it comes to helping seniors with depression is understanding what to look for. Contrary to popular belief, becoming depressed is not a natural part of the aging process, so if an aging individual in your life starts showing displaying unusual, negative beha


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