As individuals increase in their age and maturity levels, and begin to enter their senior years, it has been commonly found that they develop signs and symptoms of depression in their behaviors. However, although this has become commonplace, recent studies claim that this is not necessarily the norm. Rather, depression has been found to be an easily and effectively avoidable issue in the old age, if certain best practices are implemented by the individuals and their families around them.
- Depression is a health problem that can be treated like other health problems. It is not a normal part of the ageing process.
- You should talk openly with people who are experiencing depression.
- A lot of employees at assisted living facilities are not properly trained to deal with depression in their patients.
“Mental illness has long been a taboo topic in our society—but even more so when it comes to older adults. While ageism influences many to assume it’s just “normal” to be sad when we get closer to end of life, the truth remains that depression has become one of the greatest preventable epidemics to hit the aging population.”