The changes that often come later in life-retirement, the death of loved ones, increased isolation, medical problems-can lead to depression. Depression prevents you from enjoying life like you used to. But its effects go way beyond the mood factor. It also impacts your energy, sleep, appetite, and physical health. However, depression is not an editable part of aging, and there are many steps you can take to overcome the symptoms, not matter the challenges you face. Have you lost interest in the activities you used to enjoy? Do you struggle with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness? are you finding it harder to get through the day? If so, you are not alone. Depression is a common problem in older adults. The symptoms affect every aspect of your life. Unfortunately, many fail to recognize the symptoms and do not take steps to get help. There are many reasons depression in older adults and the elderly is so often overlooked.
*You may assume you have good reason to be down or that depression is just a part of aging.
*You may be isolated - which can lead to depression- with few around to notice you distress.
*You may not realize that your physical complaints are a sign of depression.
*You may reluctant to talk about your feelings or ask for help.
Depression is NOT a sign of weakness or character flaw. It can happen to anyone, at any age, no matter your background or past accomplishments in life. Whether you are 18 or 80, you don't have to live with depression. There are support groups, self -help strategies, and treatment options available for you.
Happy New Year!
Gayle Holmes., Marketing Director
ATLANTIC HOME STAFFING