Feelings of sadness and occasional “blues” are normal, but clinical depression is not part of ageing. Major depression is treatable with timely interventions.
Depression in older adults can reduce quality of life, increas the risk of suicide & dementia.
- feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness & helplessness
- persistent tiredness
- poor concentration
- changes in sleep and appetite
- thoughts of suicide
- physical aches and pains
Treatment of depression consists of anti-depressants, psychological therapy (CBT) and social activities. Usually, a combination of above is required.