Elderly face increased risk for depression, York senior center addresses issue

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The Senior Center of York is hosting a free seminar entitled “Depression in the Elderly,” on Friday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. (Courtesy York County)
The Senior Center of York is hosting a free seminar entitled “Depression in the Elderly,” on Friday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. (Courtesy York County)

Although many people experience depression, older adults are at an increased risk, according to news release from the Senior Center of York.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that depression annually affects seven million American adults over the age of 65, the release stated.

To address the issue, the center will be hosting a free seminar entitled “Depression in the Elderly” on Friday, Feb. 3 at 1 pm.

The seminar will be led by Lee Phillips, geriatric therapist with Colonial Behavioral Health, who will discuss how to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression.

According to the release, depression is characterized as being a combination of symptoms that “interfere with a person’s ability to sleep, eat, work, and enjoy daily activities.”

Phillips will also teach attendees the various ways to seek help if symptoms of depression are detected.

The Senior Center is located at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway (in the Washington Square Shopping Center). For more information and to register for this free seminar, call the Senior Center of York at (757) 890-3444.