Studies on the number of elderly people experiencing depression vary, but sadly, only about 10 percent of those people actually receive help. One of the main reasons depression isn’t always recognized in older people is because they tend to brush off or minimize their symptoms. These comments make it easy for friends, family, or doctors to miss what’s really going on. It’s important to realize that most elderly people grew up during a time when one didn’t really talk about feelings, probably due to the devastation caused by the Great Depression and two world wars. It was easier to “just get on with it” than dwell on the emotional trauma of that era.
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