Older adulthood is a period of many changes -- physical, cognitive, emotional, and social.
Like all phases marked by changes, there are often great difficulties to be borne. Sadness and grief are normal responses to many of these challenges, but depression is not a condition that should be accepted as a normal part of aging. Signs of depression can include: fatigue, confusion, desire to isolate, changes in eating and / or sleeping habits, and a lack of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable.
Receiving proper care is critical as depression not only reduces the quality of one’s life, but also contributes to serious health problems. In a report published in the British Journal of Psychiatry (2013), researchers found that depressed older adults were “more than twice as likely to develop vascular dementia and 65 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease” than similarly aged people who weren’t depressed. Psychotherapy has been proven to be effective at reducing symptoms of depression and increasing feelings of well being.