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Signs of Depression in Older Adults

Getting older definitely comes with a few bumps in the road, but becoming depressed over these life changes shouldn’t be chalked up as a normal part of the aging process.  “Unfortunately, depression in older adults is frequently ignored or attributed to other medical illnesses,” said Suzi Leidig, board certified geriatric psychiatrist and director of Seniors Behavior Health Sciences at Holy Spirit Hospital in Pennsylvania. “With older adults being the most rapidly growing segment of the population, there’s a critical need to identify and appropriately treat this serious medical condition to prevent needless suffering and deaths,” she added. Once signs of depression are identified, there are various ways to combat it — from exercise to medication.

 

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