Living longer may not be a joyride as researchers have found that people get more depression from age 65 onwards. “It is the first studies to tell us depressive symptoms continue to increase throughout old age,” said lead researcher Helena Chui, lecturer in psychology at University of Bradford in England. “We are in a period of unprecedented success in terms of people living longer than ever and in greater numbers and we should be celebrating this but it seems that we are finding it hard to cope,” Chui explained.
The reading builds on a 15-year project observing over 2,000 older Australians living in the Adelaide area. Both men and women taking part in the study reported gradually more depressive symptoms as they aged, with women primarily opening with more depressive symptoms than men. However, men showed a quicker rate of augment in symptoms so that the disparity in the genders was upturned at around the age of 80.
Key factors in these increases take account of levels of physical mutilation, the commencement of medical conditions, chiefly chronic ones, and the come within reach of death, the researchers said. Half of those in the study suffered with arthritis and both men and women with the unceasing situation reported more depressive symptoms than those devoid of. “These findings are very significant and have implications for how we deal with old age,” Dr Chui said.The study was published in the journal Psychology and Aging.