Depression is an illness that causes you to feel sad
and hopeless much of the time. It is different from normal feelings of sadness,
grief, or low energy.
Some people think that depression is normal
with age. But it's not. Older adults may go through major life changes or
challenges that trigger depression. Such things as losing a spouse, living with
a long-term health problem, or leaving a home you've lived in for many years
are more common among older adults than others.
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older adults, untreated depression can last for years. It can lead to or make
worse other problems in physical and mental health and in relationships with
others. It also makes suicide more likely. Older Americans have the highest
suicide rate of any age group, and depression is often linked to the suicide.
Older men have the highest rate of suicide of any group.
can help depression and help you enjoy your life more. It also makes suicide
less likely and may help older adults deal better with long-term health
Do older adults have different symptoms than others who have depression?
symptoms of depression, such as sadness and loss of
interest, occur in older adults just as they do in younger adults. But older
adults also may: