Depression Due to Life Events

Everyone has experienced some form of depression. Losses like the death of a loved one, divorce, losing a job, moving to a new place, etc. may trigger a bout of temporary depression.

Seniors may become depressed over limited funds, the inability to maintain their homes, changes in their neighborhoods that make it unsafe to get out, or a feeling that they no longer are in control of their lives.

Those in nursing homes may feel abandoned by family and friends who don't visit frequently.

These bouts are generally temporary and will pass after a visit with a friend or involvement in hobbies or activities requiring interaction with others.

Some people benefit from joining a support group where they can talk about their feelings with others who share a common loss or problem. If feelings of sadness or grief linger or are severe, psychological assistance should be sought.

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