Older adults often suffer needlessly from untreated depression because they don't know the symptoms, or they think it's a normal part of aging. Older adults may also fear being stigmatized by a diagnosis of depression. Or they don't want to talk with their healthcare provider about it because they think it shows weakness. Friends and family may think the symptoms of depression are just a passing mood. Depression is serious but treatable medical illness. Learn more about depression in older adults by taking this quiz.
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