Depression is not a normal part of aging. The CDD says seniors at risk

Published: Monday, September 25, 2023 - 5:05am

Depression is not a normal part of aging. But, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults are at risk. 

Most older adults have at least one chronic health condition. In fact, the CDC reports that upwards of 80% have at least one and around 50% have two or more.

Depression is more common when individuals struggle with an illness or if they can no longer function the way they used to, say from a mobility standpoint, for example.

Despite the data, older adults are often misdiagnosed and may be undertreated or dismissed altogether.

Social isolation and grief can also contribute to depression. Loneliness, which is the feeling of being alone, regardless of the amount of social contact, is another risk factor for depression, even suicide.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, there is help. Contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988 (en Español, llame al 988, prensa 2; for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, dial 711 then 988). You may also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.