Depression and old age

Old age leaves an imprint on a person’s life. Physical and psychological status and social role are changing. This is a challenge to a person, his ability to live happily, a way to change self-consciousness.

Many people experience depression and loneliness in old age due to loneliness throughout their lives, loss of close family ties. The consequence of this is the lack of active social activity.

With age, older people lose touch with friends, it is more difficult for them to make new acquaintances, show flexibility, new skills, adapt to new trends in life, to changes in society, and technological progress. Depression is very common in older people.

Depression can lead to cognitive impairment, affect health and longevity. If an older person has a physical illness, the risk of depression is high. With chronic pain, medication, and social limitation can lead to isolation and loneliness. And the consequence of loneliness is illness and attempts at suicide.

Older people may experience greater pleasure in visiting a neighbor or person in their own age group. Dealing with family is a responsibility that can be burdensome, and socializing with friends can be selective. Older people prefer to be friends with people of their own age. But those who have a lot of physical, material, intellectual resources continue to look for new types of social activity. Both men and women experience depression and loneliness in old age alike . The presence of social and intellectual resources in men makes it possible not to feel a sense of loneliness. Most people live in families with grandchildren and children, which also does not make them lonely. In the clinic of Doctor of Medical Sciences V.L. Minutely conduct consultations for elderly people in order to give them a new impetus to life.

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