Facts about Depression:
- Living with depression is NOT a normal part of aging.
- Depression and its symptoms can icnrease your risk of a fall.
- Depression can change your walking pattern and posture while standing. this can put you at higher risk for falls.
- Some medications used to treat depression can increase your risk of falls.
- Thos over the age of 60 who are diagnosed with depression and receiving treatment are 50% more likely to fall than individuals not diagnosed with depression.
What can you do?
- Recognize the symptoms of depression
- Sad mood much of the day and night
- Feeling badly about yourself
- Loss of interest in hobbies or people
- Feeling useless, hopeless or excessive guilt
- Thinking more about your failures and inadequacies than the good in your life
- Oversleeping or insomnia
- Extreme fatigue and/or low energy
- Suicidal thoughts
- No appetite or overeating
- Talk with your doctor
- Keep track of your symptoms and discuss how they are affecting your life
- Stay active. Physical activity can help with some of the symptoms of depression
- Get enough sleep or rest
- Eat well. Canada's food quide can help you make healthy food choices
- Avoid alcohol.