What Are the Signs of Depression Among Older Adults?

It is normal to feel down now and then, but if these feelings persist, you may have depression. For some older adults, sadness is not the main symptom of depression. Symptoms may also include:

  • Persistent anxious or “empty” moods 
  • Decreased energy or fatigue 
  • Eating more or less than usual, often with unplanned weight gain or loss 
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed 

If symptoms last longer than two weeks, don’t ignore the warning signs. Talk to a doctor, as these symptoms could be signs of depression or another health condition. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of depression.  

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