Let’s Talk About Depression: A Discussion of Older Adults

published 2 weeks ago by Dr. Frederick B. Covington

When discussing depression in older adults, there are some common misconceptions that need to be addressed at the outset. Depression is not a normal part of aging. Depression is not just having “the blues” or the situational emotions we feel when grieving the loss of a loved one, or dealing with a difficult health problem. Depression is a true medical condition that is diagnosable and treatable, like diabetes or hypertension. However, older adults are at increased risk for experiencing depression compared to other age groups, due to their higher likeliness of isolation, loneliness and the daunting difficulties they experience when they have to deal with many chronic illnesses and take many medications.

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