Grandparents 25 May, 2017 Isabel Vallejo
Detecting depression in the elderly is not always easy, which is why it often goes by unnoticed.
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), 20% of people over age 60 suffer from some mental or neurological condition; following dementia, depression is the most common condition in this population.
Despite this high incidence rate, depression can be prevented and treated. As the WHO states, “A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.”
Depression symptoms in the elderly are often overlooked. Speaking to them listening to them and trying to understand their fears and are some of the main steps to addressing and preventing this condition. Creating living conditions that promote a healthy lifestyle and being aware of any changes in their behavior is essential.
Part of a WHO campaign, the following video “Let’s talk about depression,” explains some of the causes of depression among the elderly.