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Older Adults

Major Depression

Depression is a serious mood disorder. It touches every part of your life and is caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain. Treatment involves medicine and counseling.

Depression Not a Normal Part of Aging

In general, only about 3% of the elderly living independently in the community will experience depression. That figure increases to around 20% to 30% of people in nursing homes or with chronic illnesses like emphysema, heart disease or diabetes.

Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life?

A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people.