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1 in 10 Seniors Has Depression [Infographic]

Seniors are vulnerable to depression

Older adults go through many major life changes. These changes can make them more vulnerable to depression.

Imagine how you’d feel if you’d lost beloved family and friends, become less independent, and had more problems from serious chronic health conditions. That’s not the kind of stuff that makes you jump for joy.

Key facts about depression

Our friends at Home Care Plus in Ireland have created an excellent graphic that highlights important information about depression in seniors.

Some facts that might surprise you:

  1. Depression affects 1 in 10 people over 65 years of age.

  2. It’s NOT a normal part of aging.

  3. Depression is a disabling illness.

  4. Symptoms are often overlooked because they coincide with other late-in-life changes.

What the graphic shows

Visualizing information is an easy way to quickly absorb information.

This graphic will help you understand:

  1. Important facts and figures

  2. Factors that play a role in senior depression

  3. Symptoms to watch for

  4. How depression can be treated — use extra caution with common mood medications

  5. How family and friends can help

Bottom line

Depression can seriously impact your older adult’s quality of life. Watch for the signs and seek professional help if you notice major personality or behavior changes.

Keep scrolling to view the entire infographic

depression in seniors

By DailyCaring Editorial Staff Image: Home Care Plus

Home Care Plus is a dynamic private home care and home help company, providing care and support in the home to all age groups whether on a short term or long term basis in the greater Dublin (Ireland) area.

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