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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.
Experts believe that depression is caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors. Many older adults experience difficult changes in their lives such as being widowed or divorced, retirement, loss of independence, losing their support system, poor health and a high mortality rate. Some people describe depression as having the feeling of impending doom, helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness. Some people don’t feel sad but they may feel lifeless, apathetic and empty. Symptoms of depression can interfere with one’s ability to eat, sleep and enjoy life.
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