Depression & Older Adults

Depression is common among older adults but is NOT a normal part of aging. Just how many older adults suffer from depression? According to the CDC, those living with major depression can range from 1-5% of those living in the community, where that rate increase to 13.5% with those receiving home health care and to 11.5% with those living in a care community/hospital.

The CDC goes on to say that older adults are at an increased risk for depression. As you age, your health declines. 80% of older adults have at least one chronic condition and 50% have two or more. Depression is more prevalent in people who suffer from chronic conditions. Often times depression goes undiagnosed in those living with one or more chronic conditions. It can be mistaken for a natural reaction to illness. These patients often don’t reach out for help either because they don’t understand they can feel better with proper treatment.

It is good to understand some of the warning signs of depression so that you can help provide support when it is most needed. If a person you are in contact displays some of the signs and symptoms below it may be a good time to point them to counseling resources.

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not get better, even with treatment

If you would like to learn more about how Covell Care & Rehabilitation’s counseling services can help contact our office at (970) 204-4331 or visit our website at https://www.covellcare.com/licensed-clinical-social-work/.