Depression appears to impact the elderly somewhat different than people younger than 65, this is, perhaps, due to other factors associated with this population such as multiple medical illnesses, disabilities and support systems that are typically lacking with this population.

Depression in the elderly usually lasts longer, is more profound and usually exacerbates their existing health issues. Many times, people with depression become medication non compliant, this behavior could greatly impact their existing medical conditions and lead to a multitude of problems such as strokes, cardiac arrests or possibly even death.  

If you or someone you know is exhibiting symptoms of depression such as crying spells, isolation, loss of interest in things they once enjoyed, anger outbursts, appetite or sleep disturbances, neglecting their personal hygiene, low energy, poor concentration or feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, seek help.

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by La Paz Community Health Care Center. For more information, call their 24 Hour Hotline at 210-697-5700.