Recognizing signs of depression in older Americans

This mental illness affects 65 million Americans age 65 and older, but only 10 percent receive treatment.

Could it be that 59 million older Americans are suffering from depression and not receiving the help they need?

Health care providers and communicators can educate patients and their relatives about the signs of depression in those 55 and older. Often, the red flags go undetected, leaving people isolated with their negative thoughts.

Signs of depression in older people, according to this infographic, include:

  • Fatigue

  • Sadness

  • Weight loss

  • Abandonment of hobbies

  • An increase in alcohol use

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