Recognizing Depression in Older Adults

From Everyday Health:

“It is estimated that one in five Americans 65 years of age or older have some form of depression. But since it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between depression and other illnesses that are common in older adults, such as dementia, depression often goes unrecognized.

Some people think that depression is a normal part of getting older, but it’s not. It is normal to feel sad or blue when you experience life changes or loss, such as health problems or the death of a loved one. But when your depression symptoms are prolonged and interfere with your daily activities, it’s an illness that should be diagnosed and treated.”

Learn More About Depression and Age – Why They’re Related:


About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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