Overlooked and Untreated: Depression Not Part of Aging
Losing loved ones, feeling more aches and pains, worrying about debilitating falls – all can be part of aging. Depression doesn’t have to be.
It’s estimated some seven million Americans 65 and over experience depression. Women are more likely to be diagnosed than men. You can try to feel better by making small changes, like going outside for 15 minutes of sunlight a day, becoming more active – a light workout increases energy – and staying connected to supportive people. Relaxation techniques can help, and writing three things you’re grateful for every day in a journal can boost your mood.
CHI Health is the leading behavioral care provider in the state. If you or someone you care about is feeling depressed, reach out to your primary care physician or a mental health specialist for help.