Is Depression Inevitable in Elderly?
It seems to be a commonly held belief that “all old people get depressed” and that it’s normal and just something they just have to put up with.
This isn’t the case!
Depression is not an inevitable part of ageing and it is a mistake to assume that it is. Many older people will suffer depression alone rather than want to be seen to be a burden, or perhaps don’t recognise the symptoms of depression.
What are the casues?
Causes of depression in the elderly can include:
- loss of purpose
- social isolation
- health issues
- loss of mobility
- fears – dying, finances, health
If you are feeling depressed, or you suspect an elderly friend or relative might be it is important to seek medical help immediately.
Our older community members deserve to live happy, fulfilling lives right to the end!