“It’s a myth that depression is more common in older adults. Typically, older adults report feeling happier than other age groups,” says Dr. Jesse Wright, director of the University of Louisville Depression Center and author of the book, Getting Your Life Back: The Complete Guide to Recovery from Depression.
However, if you suspect that you are suffering from depression, take action. Dr. Wright suggests the following:
- Talk to your physician
- Increase your activity level
- Get a part-time job
- Find some sort of creative outlet like art or music.
- Foster relationships and utilize electronics to maintain connections. “Skyping is a great way to visit with family members who live far away,” Dr. Wright says.