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
For more information on aging and its changes, see the