"About 20% of people over 65 in the US have depression..."
Depression is a common condition that often goes undiagnosed among the elderly. Like most illnesses, there are treatments available for depression and it's important to become informed. About 20% of people over 65 in the US have depression, and older adults have unique health risks. Depression is not an inevitable part of the aging process. Untreated depression can lead to sleep deprivation and malnutrition... and it can be a contributing factor in some cases of dementia. Unfortunately, seniors with depression are less likely than younger people to ask for help. Often they assume it’s "normal" to feel the way that they do and they may be embarrassed to ask for help due to the unfortunate stigma that has surrounded mental illness. Here are a few signs of senior depression:
Doctors say that the sooner treatment is started, the more effective it is. Talk to your doctor if you, or a loved one, are experiencing these symptoms. Do not suffer in silence!