Depression in later life
Many older people have developed strategies for dealing with times when they feel down. These include gardening, walking on the beach, visiting grandchildren, reading a good book, phoning friends, treating yourself to a small luxury, having your hair done or even cleaning the oven!
These things sometimes drive the blues away successfully. But a word of warning – people can also mask or disguise depression by making themselves really busy and not getting the help they need.
It is said that friends and family are good medicine and having meaningful contacts with others is of real value. You may find that hobbies or voluntary work contribute to a sense of worth and belonging in a community which often seems to forget their older citizens.