HERKIMER — Depression is not a normal part of aging, according to the Herkimer County Office for the Aging.
Depression is a medical condition that can be successfully treated, according to the OFA.
Symptoms of depression are depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, disturbed sleep, weight loss or gain, lack of energy, feeling of worthlessness or extreme guilt, difficulties with concentration or decision making, noticeable restlessness or slow movement and frequent thoughts of death or suicide or attempt of suicide, according to the OFA.
Depression is often under recognized and under treated in older adults, according to the OFA. Some risk factors can increase the chance of depression in an older adult such as chronic illnesses, progressive and disabling sensory loss, history of recurrent falls, sleep disturbances, medication side affects, alcohol or prescription misuse, prior depressive episode or family history of depression, extended and long bereavement, cognitive impairment or dementia, stressful life events, according to the OFA. If you or someone you know has any of the symptoms above seek a depression screening from your medical provider, according to the OFA.
For more information on depression go to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website at www.samhsa.gov or call their toll free number at 1-877-726-4727.
Or call the Office for the Aging at 867-4145.