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    • Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life?

      A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people.

    • Depression Not a Normal Part of Aging

      In general, only about three percent of the elderly living independently in the community will experience depression. That figure increases to around 20 to 30 percent of persons in nursing homes or with chronic illnesses like emphysema, heart disease or diabetes.

    • For Seniors: Is It More Than the Blues?

      Although anyone can suffer from depression, it is particularly common among older adults. Depression affects 15 out of every 100 adults older than 65.

    • Major Depression

      You may have depression if you have a persistent sad or "empty" mood, or if you find it difficult to concentrate or make decisions.