As An Older Adult
Older adult life can be gratifying and full, but it can also bring
the pain and distress of losing a loved one or of coping with physical
illness. Hopelessness and disengagement can accompany these experiences
and lead to depression and thoughts of ending one’s life.
The members of our community in Needham want you to know that while
very distressing, the pain of these feelings can go away. The
town is committed to getting you help to feel better. Please look
at the information on the links listed below to get help now or
better understand your depression.
you are thinking about suicide or self-harm, there is help for
If you think you
may be depressed, help is available.
As a Family Member or Friend Concerned about an Elder
members and friends caring for and about elders, we often become
lifelines for them. As we attempt to help them manage situations
that we know little about and even less how to resolve, such as
helping them negotiate the social experience of aging, the distress
of illness, the loss of a spouse, and the tasks of maintaining
a home and a good quality of life, we may well be faced with helping
an older adult who is experiencing significant depression. According
to the National Institute for Mental Health, 2 million out of the
35 million older adults in this country experience significant
depressive disorders. Elders experiencing this level of distress
in their lives are at risk for suicide, another situation we do
not easily recognize, understand, or know how to respond. We hope
that the information provided in this section offers support to
family and friends in their efforts to help elders who are in great
an elder you know is depressed or thinking about suicide, there
is help for him.