FAQ - Is it normal for older adults to get depressed?

It isn't normal to become depressed at any age.  Many of the life stressors that can cause depression are present in a larger percentage of the elderly population, which has probably given rise to this myth. In fact, the vast majority of senior citizens are satisfied with their lives. But, loss of a loved one, financial problems, social isolation, poor health, physical disability, and lack of life goals all seem to increase the likelihood of developing depression.  Since many senior citizens struggle with these problems, people often ignore depression in the elderly, thinking it is inevitable. If you, or a senior citizen you know, have several symptoms of depression, talk to someone who can help... make an appointment with a psychologist for a consultation.