It is common for seniors and older adults to experience clinical depression. Depression is a serious health condition that requires understanding and medical care. An estimated 6 million Americans who are aged 65 and older experience late-life depression. No matter what your age is, it is important to be mindful of your mental health.
By using the proper resources you can start identifying signs of depression in yourself or others. Symptoms of depression vary from person to person and functioning abilities may change on a daily basis. It is important to watch for changes in sleep, appetite or movement. Depression may also result in physical side effects and can even weaken your immune system. It can cause a lack of energy, concentration or loss of interest in the things that you normally enjoy. Feelings of low self-esteem and hopelessness are also common in clinical depression.
As symptoms differentiate between people, so does treatment options. Anyone experiencing depression symptoms should talk to their doctor. Some doctors will use multiple treatments in search of one that works for you.
Letting people know how you are feeling can be a great first step in treating clinical depression. By calling a friend or sharing a coffee together you are actively helping to lower your risk for depression and may increase your quality of life. Surrounding yourself with people who are healthy and happy will also support your mental health.
Village Park Senior Living communities embrace socialization to encourage positive mental health. Residents look forward to having a variety of daily activities and an opportunity to see friends. Many Village Park residents participate in yoga classes in the community. By combining deep breathing and relaxation with stretching and strengthening poses, yoga focuses on a mind-body connection.
Exercise helps fight depression and will improve your mood. Along with exercising your body it is essential to eat healthy foods. A healthy diet will help give you the proper nutrients that will assist you in maintaining a healthy weight while staying energized.
Learning to cope with depression is beneficial to your physical and mental health. Talk to your doctor, socialize with friends, exercise and try to eat healthy. All these things combined can lead to a happy life. No matter who you are, you deserve to thrive. If you are interested in learning more, please visit nami.org/help or nia.nih.gov.
Article written by: Haley Sweetland