So why aren’t seniors getting the help they need? Because depression in the elderly can be very hard to recognize, family, friends and doctors often see it as a normal part of the aging process. Many seniors were raised to be self-sufficient and to solve their own problems, they are ashamed to ask for help. Some seniors and maybe even their families don’t know that depression is an illness and that treatment is available.
Loneliness has been called an epidemic among senior populations. A new phone line hopes to help with this by allowing seniors to call in and reach a friendly voice at any time of day.