Older adults, depression and suicide facts

Depression, one of the most common conditions associated with suicide in older adults is a widely under recognized and under-treated medical condition.

Because many older adults face illnesses as well as social and economic difficulties, society may mistakenly conclude that depression is a normal consequence of these problemsan attitude often shared by patients themselves. These factors together contribute to the under-diagnosis and under-treatment of depression in older adults.

Become familiar with the risks and warning signs of suicide. Listen closely to loved ones. Help is available, treatment is effective and lives can be saved.

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