Depression Of Older Adults : Depression Essay
Trigger Event Through experience in the clinical setting I have come into contact with a variety of older adults. Fellow students often make comments along the lines of “I feel so bad for them” and “this is so sad.” I often find myself making similar comments. Upon reflection of these comments I came to realize we often associate depression as a part of aging, yet it doesn’t get as much attention as mental health campaigns for the younger portion of the population. Through this research my goal is to obtain a greater knowledge about depression in older adults, and why it seems like a forgotten issue.
As people go through the aging process we often focus on the physical changes and challenges associated with this change. Depression makes the list of the top five chronic conditions affecting the elderly (Allen, 2015). According to Allen “depression in elderly people often goes untreated because many people think that depression is a normal part of aging and a natural…