Depression and Anxiety are common mental health disorders occurring during the later years of life.
Some individuals will have experienced depression or anxiety before, and others will develop them for the first time in their later years.
The symptoms of depression most common in older adults are loss of energy, decreased interest and pleasure in activity, pain and bodily complaints, and complaints of memory problems.
Symptoms of anxiety include worry or fear that occur most of the time, can keep one awake at night, and prevent one from doing things during the day.
Depression and anxiety worsen an older person’s experience of medical problems and makes it harder for them to recover and often go unrecognized.