Low mood in the elderly is common. Often, elderly depression and the symptoms can be confused with other medical conditions. Changes in life that occur in the aged – death in the family or close friends, and retirement can cause these low moods. Because fewer people are around, there is less chance of noticing the depressive behaviour. Low mood in elderly people increases the risk of other health problems including insomnia or heart problems.
Medications and when appropriate, psychological therapy can help treat this depressive condition in elderly people.