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An Older Adult

A problem shared is a problem halved

Depression and anxiety can affect anyone at any stage of their life. Research suggests that up to 1 in 4 people will experience a problem with depression or anxiety at some point in their life – including older adults.

However only 1 in 3 people aged 65+ will talk to their GP about it. This is because people often think ‘there is probably somebody a lot worse off than me’ or ‘I just need to pull myself together and stop feeling sorry for myself’. But you do not have to live like this.

A lot of the life experiences older adults face can be challenging; for example:

• negotiating the change from work to retirement
• experiencing a change in your role as children grow up and there is the possibility of having grandchildren
• increased physical ill health
• social isolation can sometimes increase due to physical limitations
• bereavement and losses associated with older adulthood
• becoming a carer for a loved one or having to rely on others to care for you
These experiences may affect you in a number of ways. You may notice:
• a general low mood
• irritability
• worrying a lot more than usual
• feelings of hopelessness
• panicking over small things
• wanting to shut yourself away or even having thoughts of not being here
• no longer gaining pleasure from activities you previously enjoyed

The good news is that there is support out there that can help. The Steps 2 Wellbeing service has staff members who are experienced working with older adults and understand the issues people are experiencing.

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