Depression - older adults

Depression in the elderly

Depression is a mental health condition. It is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with daily life for weeks or longer.

Depression in older adults is a widespread problem, but it is not a normal part of aging. It is often not recognized or treated.

Depression among the elderly

The elderly are at high risk for depression because they are more likely than younger people to have experienced illness, death of loved ones, impaired function and loss of independence. The cumulative effect of negative life experiences may be overwhelming to an older person.

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Outlook (Prognosis)

When to Contact a Medical Professional