Depression seems to affect 7-16% of the elderly population in the world. The transitions associated with old age such as social withdrawal or isolation, lack of purpose and bereavement could contribute to the development of depression in elderly.
Depression in elderly often manifests as:
- Pains and aches in the body,
- Difficulty sleeping,
- Appetite changes,
- Memory problems,
- Slowed movement and speech,
- Reduction in social interaction,
- Feelings of hopelessness.
Depression in elderly often goes undiagnosed because they live independently or because the symptoms are considered as part of normal aging. However this can be treated and hence, it is better to be able to detect symptoms early.
Conditions such as the one mentioned above, require a multi-dimensional approach to treatment. Our team of Doctors and Psychologists will collaborate to ensure that the disorders are addressed in a holistic manner, so as to ensure that the patient lives a productive life.