How to Cope with Depression

Older adults with a disability are at a higher risk of depression than older adults without a disability. Depression is a treatable medical condition that often goes untreated in older adults because:

  • People do not seek treatment because they think that depression is a normal part of aging or a natural reaction to losses that might happen as we age. Fortunately, depression is not a normal part of aging with a disability. In fact, most older adults adjust well to aging and are not depressed.
  • People may not want to admit that they are depressed because they feel embarrassed or ashamed. Depression is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw.

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