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As we get older and deal with depression

Updated on March 9, 2008

As we grow older we sometimes experience mild or not so mild depression. It can have to do with our diminishing basic health, or can be connected to emotional issues,such as the loss of a loved one,or the increasing sense of isolation, or by spiritual issues, when we contemplate the meaning of life and the approach of death.

Looking into physical causes includes: chemical imbalances in the brain, physical illnesses, certain combinations of medicines, also from diminished abilities such as hearing,sight, mobility and sexual energy. Always check with your doctor to dicuss all the possibilities and there is medical help available.

Be Good to yourself. eat well, walk if you are able, get plenty of rest . The idea is to stay as healthy as possible, both in mind and spirit. Keeping a healthy sense of humor is also important.

Remember a positive attitude is a habit that can be cultivated, and once that is done..it tends to repeat itself. "A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones." ---proverbs 17:22

Staying in touch with your friends and colleagues after retiring isn't as difficult as you may think...phone calls , e-mails , walks, lunching together, movies, card games, golf, to mention a few...remember none of us is too old to laugh and play. You will be amazed at how fulfilled you feel after lending a hand, reaching out in friendship,listening and helping with an errand.

Live a day at a time and fill each day with meaningful activity and you will find you're not distracted as often by nostalgia for the past or worry about the future .

Remember that depression can impair our judgement, leading us to make some not so good decisions. Wait until you have moved through what ever grief you have encountered...and depression has begun to lift..and your sense of pleasure has come back...before you make any major decisions.

Make any new decisions one at a time..slowly and seek advise from friends , family or lawyers. Explore the sources of your depression---whether physical, emotional or spiritual and take the steps you need to correct it. You may find that sometimes all depression is asking us to do is spend a little more time paying attention to our own needs.

And remember to enjoy life's many simple blessings: music, little children, pets, gardens, friends, sunshine, and laughter.' Never forget that this is God's world. God made it for us to enjoy...always '! G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Merle Ann Johnson 10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      vij. I didn't mean to pass you by , by any means...I totally agree with you and Thank You for all your comments. You are always there for me.. G-Ma :o) hugs and Happy Easter

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      Merle Ann Johnson 10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      yes My dear it does effect the young also and knowing how to help is the most important thing..I was simply trying to touch bases with everyone.seems I have lately more connection with the elderly who are suffering and in depression. Life is tough enough and I totally agree with you about changing lifestyles and food sources. not to forget God....Hope all is well with you my dear..and thanks for the comment...what would I do without you? G-Ma :o) BIG HUG

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      Abhinaya 10 years ago

      G-Ma it is not just old people who suffer from depression,you can see a lot of young ones too ...what with all the changing lifestyles and eating habits.You have pointed out very important things and hope it helps the younger generation.Great hub!

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      vijayanths 10 years ago

      great hub G-Ma.It is really very difficult to cope with the depressions at old age.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      charlene...Thanks for your comment..and It can be a difficult thing...

      soyelude.. pulling the covers over my head,,you'll think of me...Thanks sweetie.

      hub7...how sweet...a whole 45...just a boy yet..thanks for the comment also

      G-Ma :o) hugs

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      huba7 10 years ago from Uganda

      A great hub G-ma, I thought this was truely informative, we are all getting there-am 45 now and age is catching up very fast-i have this feeling that you have given me a strategic tip or two for which am very grateful!

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      soyelude 10 years ago from Lagos - Nigeria

      Nice one G-ma...sometimes we get depressed by the myriad of issues in life that creep up on us. Thanx for the tips, will try them out;sometimes the pressure does get to you.

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      Charlene 10 years ago

      HI MERLE: Thanks for the informations and advice, sometime when get so mixed-up we done know which way to turn.with this temperature it don`t help to psychic abilities, wemust have lost thesun he`s gone far!!! , Charlene

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