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Is depression normal in older adults?
Depression should never be considered normal in older adults. It's a highly treatable medical condition.
Why should an older adult get treatment for depression?
The first answer is simply because treatment works. You should also seek treatment because people who are depressed are at a greater risk of heart disease and stroke. They have greater rates of illness overall and even a shorter lifespan.
I don't want to get treatment because it's embarrassing.
Sometimes myths or stereotypes can get in the way of people accessing help for depression. It's just really important to understand that depression in a medical illness just like any other medical illness.