#Let’s Talk — Depression and the Elderly

15 Feb

Talking about mental health is important. Doing something about ending the stigma of mental health issues is even more important.  No matter what your age, we are all vulnerable. That’s because there are  no age restrictions whatsoever when it comes to mental illness.  Just as more and more organizations are talking about children’s mental health, we need to talk more about the elderly and mental health too.

Dementia and depression are both forms of mental illness and both share similar symptoms.  While dementia is not just an older person’s disease, depression is not restricted to the young or middle-aged either. The elderly can and do suffer from depression.  Ensure the primary care physician is aware of the situation if your elderly loved one is more than just sad and showing signs of any of the following:

  • neglecting his or her personal hygiene,
  • sleeping more than usual or not sleeping at all,
  • refusing to take part in activities previously enjoyed,or
  • gaining or losing an unusual amount of weight.

The physician, sometimes in concert with a geriatric psychiatrist, can determine if medication will make a difference.


Any of the following situations can trigger depression in the elderly:  retirement, death of a spouse or close friend, physical health troubles, relocation to a new home or to a facility, hospitalization, etc.

Depression, whether in the young or the old, should never be ignored.

It is an illness. It is not a sign of weakness, and it is treatable.

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