It's normal to grieve for a loss of independence, health and mobility. What's not healthy is a sadness that lasts an extended period of time.
According to the National Institute of Health, 20% of seniors are depressed.
Doctors, only, can officially determine if a senior is suffering from depression. Generally, he/she determines if any of the criteria below apply to his patient and if so, what kind of medication or treatment is called for:
1. Feeling nervous or emotionally "empty"
2. Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
4. Restlessness and/or irritability
5. Feeling that life is not worth living
6. Sleep problems
7. Eating more or less than usual
8. Persistent headaches, stomachaches or chronic pain that persists
This condition should be ignored. Please encourage these people to speak to their families and their physicians about getting some hope and happiness back into their lives.
For more on depression among the elderly, please visit 50somethinginfo.com.