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By: Diane VonArx, social services manager, LIFE Armstrong County
As we age we are faced with many changes in our life. Some of these changes include retirement, the death of loved ones, children moving away, changes in our living environment, increased isolation, and medical problems which can all lead to depression. Depression is a mental and emotional disorder that affects older adults. It is a wide spread problem, but is not a normal part of aging. Depression in older adults is often not recognized or treated.
Causes of Depression:
Signs of Depression:
If you are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of depression which last longer than 2 weeks, speak with your doctor to rule out other medical issues and to discuss possible methods of treatment.