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4 Things To Know About Depression and Older Adults

Depression is more than just feeling sad or blue. It’s a serious mood disorder that affects many older adults and requires treatment. Find four things to know about depression below.

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Get Immediate Help

If you are thinking about harming yourself, tell someone who can help immediately.

  • Do not isolate yourself.
  • Call a trusted family member or friend.
  • Call 988 or go to a hospital emergency room to get immediate help.
  • Make an appointment with your doctor.

Call the 988 Suicide Crisis Lifeline: 988 or 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) or 800-799-4TTY (800-799-4889).

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4 Things To Know About Depression and Older Adults

Depression is a common problem among older adults, but it is not a normal part of aging. It can affect the way you feel, act, and think.

1. Depression can be treated. It’s important to seek help early on.

2. Signs and symptoms of depression vary. For some older adults with depression, sadness may not be their main symptom.

3. Friends and family can help offer support. They can help watch for symptoms and encourage treatment.

4. Living a healthy lifestyle can help reduce feelings of depression. This may include eating a balanced diet and being physically active.

Learn more about depression and older adults.

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