Counseling for Seniors: 



Depression, anxiety, stress, grief, loss, loneliness, feelings of helplessness and uselessness and coping with medical illnesses are only some of the issues that affect seniors.

  • At least 6.5 million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from symptoms of depression
  • Older Americans have an increased risk of depression when other illnesses limit their functioning.
  • Depression in not a normal part of the aging process
  • Depression in older adults can increase the risk for medical illnesses and cognitive decline
  • Older Americans will not likely seek out treatment for depression
  • Depression is the most significant risk factor for suicide attempts among the elderly


Depression clues in older adults

Older adults who deny feeling sad or depressed may still have major depression. Here are the clues to look for:

  • Unexplained or aggravated aches and pains
  • Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
  • Anxiety and worries
  • Memory problems
  • Lack of motivation and energy
  • Slowed movement and speech
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in socializing and hobbies
  • Neglecting personal care (skipping meals, forgetting meds, neglecting personal hygiene)