Older adults and depression:
How can you help?
In Canada, rates of depression are
on the rise, and the World Health
Organization predicts that by
2020 it will be the biggest medical
burden worldwide. Depression
prevents people from enjoying
life and can potentially turn a
once-cherished hobby into a
monotonous and laborious chore.
It also affects day-to-day thoughts,
energy levels, sleep, appetite,
relationships and work-life balance.
Even though the illness is often
associated with younger adults, it’s just
as common among seniors, who often
display symptoms of appetite loss
and insomnia. Depression also varies
among the genders, with more women
than men affected, but men sometimes
finding it harder to cope. As a result,
over all age and gender groups, elderly
men are at the highest risk for suicide.
But it’s not all bad news—if you or
a relative have depression, you’re not
alone. With the right treatments and
support from friends and family, it can
be successfully managed. A happy and
vibrant life is possible, so read on to
discover practical advice that can help!