Depression affects nearly 6 million people in the U.S. over
the age or 65. Unfortunately, research shows that only 10% of
these individuals receive treatment. Many people simply assume
that loneliness, sadness and other behavioral clues to depression
are just a normal part of getting older. They are not.
Depression and anxiety in senior citizens is caused by a variety
of reasons. Sometimes it is a condition that has been with them
most of their life. Other times, it only starts after they have
lost their spouse or other parts of their support network or
when they are dealing with difficult health problems. What things put seniors at risk for depression?
Certain medicines or combination of medicines
Living alone, social isolation
Presence of chronic or severe pain
Damage to body image (from amputation, cancer surgery, or