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Depression in Older Adults - Topic Overview

What can an older adult do about depression? continued...

One of the best things you can do for your health and to prevent depression is to be active. Several studies suggest that walking with others and doing other forms of exercise reduce symptoms in older adults.1 It may help prevent depression and help prevent it from coming back (relapse).2, 3

Your mental and emotional health also are important. Stay in touch with friends, family, and the community. If you remain close to others, you are more likely to feel better. Protect or improve your memory and mental sharpness by keeping your brain active through learning, doing crossword puzzles, or playing cards or strategy games.

Many people look back at their lives as they get older. You may feel you have lived a meaningful and good life. On the other hand, you may struggle with this and wonder if you made the most out of your life.

If you are not happy about how you've lived your life, think about talking to a friend, doctor, or counselor about it.

For more information on aging and its changes, see the topic Healthy Aging.

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Last Updated: January 11, 2013
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