Taking Care of our Elderly: Depression and Suicide in Older Adults

Depression and suicide- two topics that no one likes to talk about, but that affect lives of many people every day.  Depression affects more than 19 million Americans every year, regardless of age, race, or gender. There’s an increased likelihood that depression will occur in older adults who suffer from other illnesses.  Depression is also more difficult to detect in individuals over 65.  Click here to read more about depression in older adults.

Sadly, this post comes on a day that marks the death of Don Cornelius, the host of one of our favorite childhood shows, Soul Train. Don Cornelius was 75 years old.  He suffered from headaches, due to a congenital malformation that doctors discovered in his brain about thirty years ago.  The Washington Post writes that he has said, “My health history does not allow me to be what I used to be as a manager or as an entrepreneur.”   In 1982, Cornelius underwent a 21-hour operation and never felt quite the same afterward.  This morning, he was pronounced dead as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

Rest in Peace, Don Cornelius.   My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and loved ones. Thank you for bringing love, peace, and soul to my childhood.

As super women, let us make a promise to call, visit, and spend time with the elderly people we love  in our lives.  They have given us so much.  Let’s take care of them in their old age.

Love and Peace to You Today,

The Classic Diva