Throughout the year, it’s important for each of us to check in with how we’re feeling. Mental health can impact our physical health, especially as we age. At CCA, we have seen how older adults can struggle to manage chronic conditions when they also struggle with depression and anxiety.
Depression in particular can impact many of us as we age. Aging often comes with the loss of activities and people we love. But depression is NOT a normal part of aging. Recognizing the signs of depression is the first step to protecting yourself.
Common symptoms include:
Here are two steps you can take to prove your feelings of depression:
Our happiness is tied to the quality of our social network. Stay in touch with those you love—by phone if you can’t meet up in person. You can also join senior centers, community classes, volunteer groups, and more.
Second, get help.
Don’t assume that depression will go away on its own or that you’re powerless to stop it. As a CCA member, you have access to help. You can check out the CCA provider directory on our website to find a mental health provider in your area.
You can also connect with a CCA behavioral health clinician by calling Member Services. As always, thank you for the opportunity to serve you.
Want to learn more?
Check out our Online Health Library for videos, self-management tools, and other information on mental health conditions and other medical issues.