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Depression in Older Adults

Depression describes a range of moods from feeling downward mood swings to feeling unable to deal with everyday life experiences. It can affect anyone. Depression is not a normal part of aging but more older adults are affected than any other age group because they are more vulnerable to situations that lead to depression.

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What is Dementia?

According to the Alzheimer’s Association dementia is not a specific disease. It is an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to interfere with daily life.  

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Resources

COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
The Office of Behavioral Health and Linking Care are dedicated to strengthening the health, resiliency and recovery of Coloradoans through quality and effective behavioral health prevention, intervention and treatment. Look for “For Consumers and Families” to find local Community Mental Health Centers. www.colorado.gov/CDHS/DBH     www.linkingcare.org

COLORADO PSYCHIATRIC SOCIETY
This is an association of physicians whose mission is to promote excellence in psychiatric care. Under “For Patients and Families” find information on mental illness and choosing a psychiatrist. www.coloradopsychiatric.org

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA OF COLORADO
MHA is a community resource for people seeking information about mental health; this site also provides links for counseling and referral solutions. Metro Crisis Services: 888-885-1222 www.mhacolorado.org

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS COLORADO
NAMI is dedicated to building better lives for the 250,000 plus Coloradoans and their families who are affected by any number of mental illnesses – schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder and others. NAMI provides free education classes, support groups, Helpline and Law Line 303-321-3104. Toll free: 888-566-6264.  
Email Helpline: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..     http://www.namicolorado.org

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION
The Alzheimer’s Association has been recognized as the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. They offer support groups, online resources through their Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center, educational programs and much more. 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900. www.alz.org

SENIOR REACH
This is a community program that identifies older adults who may need emotional or physical support and/or connection to community services. It’s a simple way to help older adults get assistance they before a serious crisis develops. It’s a strong partnership between agencies, businesses and community minded individuals. Senior Reach serves the counties of Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Douglas, Gilpin, and Jefferson.
Senior Reach Helpline: 1-866-217-5808. www.seniorreach.org

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