Depression in the later years

One in seven older people will experience depression but it is a treatable condition at any stage of life

All too often depression is seen as a natural part of getting old – it is not. Depression is often underdiagnosed in older people, especially in those people aged 65 and over.

In this section you can find out about the causes and symptoms of depression in the later years and how it can be treated. You can also read the personal experience of people affected by depression and professionals working with them, or read the statistics about depression in older people.

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