How Depression Impacts the Elderly

How Depression Impacts the Elderly

Depression is an issue that affects people of all ages, and seniors are no exception. Mental health issues like depression can have a significant impact on quality of life in older adults—it’s important to understand how this condition affects our elderly loved ones.

Here’s what you need to know about how depression impacts the elderly:


  1. Physical Symptoms Seniors with depression may experience physical symptoms including fatigue, headaches, or body aches that don't have an identifiable cause. They may also experience digestive problems and changes in appetite.
  1. Cognitive Symptoms Depression can affect cognitive functioning in seniors, leading to difficulty concentrating and making decisions as well as memory problems or confusion. In extreme cases, seniors with depression may also be at risk for delirium.
  1. Behavioral Changes Older adults with depression may show changes in their daily behaviors such as sleeping too much or too little, a lack of interest in activities they once enjoyed, reckless behavior like excessive gambling or drug use, and feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness.


It is important to take mental health seriously when it comes to seniors—depression can affect not only mental wellbeing but physical health as well. If you believe someone you know is showing signs of depression, reach out to them and make sure they get professional help if needed!


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