By definition depression is, “a mental disorder characterized by extreme gloom, feelings of inadequacy, and inability to concentrate” (dictionary.com). It is not a natural consequence of aging, nor can people just snap out of it. Geriatric depression occurs in about 1-5% of anyone over the age of 65. The rates of depression are higher in geriatric hospital patients at 11.5%. Rates of depression are the highest in those who require in home care at 13.5%. Less than 1 and 30 older adults will get depression.
Depression can affect both men and women elderly.