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Suicide and Aging

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Last year on the blog we looked at how suicide rates among older adults are rising. As a culture, we tend to view depression as a normal part of the aging process. The truth is that while there are situations that can lead to older adults feeling sadness (e.g., loss of a loved one, changes in living arrangements, or living with a chronic illness), this is different from clinical depression. According to Michigan Medicine, “Depression is an illness that makes you feel sad, lose interest in things you used to enjoy, withdraw from others, and have little energy. It’s more than normal sadness, grief, or low energy. Most people get better with medicine, counseling, or a combination of the two.” 

Is it depression or sadness? 

The Eisenberg Family Depression Center at Michigan Medicine hosts a depression self-assessment you can print out or take online.  

Where to turn 

Visit the Ahead of the Curve Resource Directory to find mental health resources in your community

Check out our online training

Are you Ahead of the Curve? Take our short training any time to learn more about ways to support older adults in your family or community. You’ll learn to identify when someone might need more help and which resources are available for support.

Explore the Washtenaw County Senior Resource Directory

Our easy to use and regularly updated resource directory is a one-stop guide to older adult services in Washtenaw County.