12 Depression Busters for Seniors

How Seniors Can Manage Depression

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By Therese Borchard

Consider these facts: Two million people over the age of 65 suffer from depression in the U.S. More than half of doctor's visits by the elderly involve complaints of emotional distress. Twenty percent of suicides in this country are committed by seniors, with the highest success rate belonging to older, white men. According to a recent report in the "Journal of the American Geriatrics Society," depression is one of the major causes of decline in the health-related quality of life for senior citizens.

Why all the depression? Rafi Kevorkian, M.D. explains with what he calls the five D's: disability, decline, diminished quality of life, demand on caregivers, and dementia. To combat senior depression, then, requires coming up with creative methods to counter the five D's. Here are 12 strategies to do just that, to help people break free from the prison of depression and anxiety in their senior years.

Therese J. Borchard writes the Beyond Blue blog on Beliefnet.

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