Aging can be difficult. Both our minds and bodies are no longer as spry as they used to be. Our fresh and youthful looks give way to sagging skin and a weather-beaten appearance. Also, the longer we last, the more likely it is that we will outlive friends and loved ones. It is quite easy to feel lonely as we get on in years, particularly if our physical conditions reach the point where mobility becomes a challenge. Those of us who lived independently for decades often find it tough to accept that they will now need the help of others to accomplish basic tasks.
Even if life manages to go fairly easy on us in these regards, we can also live through the decline and loss of a beloved partner or best friend. This can be especially tough if the healthier person assumes caregiver duties.
Seniors in long-term care facilities can also find it very difficult, particularly if they are among the younger people there. Cognitive decline, understaffing, poor food, varying degrees of care and attention, and lack of interesting interaction and activities can also bring about depression, even in someone who entered in good spirits and health.
Fortunately, there are good options for anyone in this situation. First, they should visit their regular doctor for a check-up and recommendations. The GP can then refer them to a therapist who specializes in working with seniors and their challenges. Talk therapy can be an excellent way to work through problems and formulate solutions.
Group therapy also brings about good results for many people. The chance to meet with other people going through the same struggles can be very helpful and even lead to lasting friendships.
If need be, psychiatry is another option. Psychiatrists use methods similar to therapists, but can also prescribe anti-depressant medication to supplement therapy sessions.