Depression in the elderly affects about 6 million individuals 65 and older. However, only about 10% of elderly individuals with depression receive treatment. One of the main reasons why such a small percentage of the depressed elderly seek treatment may because their symptoms are often different then the symptoms of depression in younger individuals, their symptoms are labeled as part of a physical illness or side effects of medication that they are on (source).  According to the National Alliance on Mental Health one of the most common consequences of untreated depression is suicide. In fact, older white males are at the highest risk for suicide in the United States. One way to help prevent depression from negatively affecting the lives of the elderly is to educate people on the topic and help spot the symptoms. Depression in older individuals often include memory problems, confusion, social withdrawal, loss of appetite, weight loss, vague complaints of pain, Inability to sleep, Irritability,  hallucinations, persistent and vague complaints, help-seeking, moving in a more slow manner and demanding behavior. As mentioned before one of the reasons why depression in the elderly often does not get diagnosed is because the symptoms are so similar to side effects of medication, other illnesses or aging. Therefore, a physical exam is essential in determining whether the above mentioned symptoms are from depression or another medical illness. Once diagnosed, about 80% of people with depression improve when treated with medication, psychotherapy and or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). For more information on the topic please see NAMI Depression Fact Sheet. Sprain Brook Manor’s Rehab, located in Westchester  prides itself on having the best skilled nursing care in Westchester. We understand that after major health events individuals are at great risk for mental health related issues. For this reason we work towards creating a supportive and friendly environment where residents have the chance to participate in daily activities and heal their body, soul and mind. This post is provided by Sprain Brook Manor Rehab which Provides unique opportunity to recover from medical procedures that result in true satisfying results. Getting you stronger and better every day. Contact us today to receive more information. Disclaimer: The information provided in this post in not intended to be construed as health advice, nor should it be considered a substitute for obtaining individual medical counsel or consulting your physician.