Adults of any age may show signs and symptoms of depression. Signs and symptoms of depression may increase as adults age due to an increase in chronic conditions and a decrease in mobility or body functions. However, it is important to note that depression itself is not a normal part of aging. The CDC reports that most seniors who are depressed are underdiagnosed and undertreated, which means that more seniors are experiencing feelings of sadness, sleep disturbances, or other effects that come from depression.
For those caring for seniors, it is important to approach both diagnosed and undiagnosed depression from many angles. Besides the clinical side of depression treatment, like prescription medications and psychotherapy, there is also plenty to be said about healthy socialization and life enrichment opportunities. Here are a few ways to put some good moments into a senior’s day through life enrichment activities and events.