Although depression can strike anyone at any stage in their life, older adults may be more vulnerable to feelings of loss and depression — and less likely to reach out to get help for their depression. The causes of depression are myriad and just as unique as those suffering from depression. However, there are common signals, warning signs, and depression symptoms that caregivers and loved ones should be aware of. Once identified and diagnosed, you or your loved one may be able to move forward with clinical depression treatment options designed to improve the quality of life.

Depression is also a component of another disorder that affects older adults — failure to thrive. Failure to thrive is characterized by symptoms of depression and a gradual, yet overall decline in health, seemingly without reason.

Below is a list of resources that Griswold Home Care has put together to help older adults, caregivers, and loved ones combat depression, as well as stay informed on the signs and symptoms of this ailment.


Older adults can be more susceptible to depression and less likely to ask for help than any other age demographic. Learn more about the causes of depression in older adults, symptoms, and how caregivers can offer support to loved ones who are depressed.

Failure to thrive is a serious condition that impacts up to 35% of senior citizens. It’s characterized by a decrease in weight, appetite, and physical activity alongside additional symptoms of depression. Read this article to discover more about failure to thrive in older adults and how to formulate a care plan.

Learn more about how to help your loved one if he or she has been diagnosed with Adult Failure to Thrive (AFTT). Griswold offers helpful tips for identifying the disorder, as well as how to combat AFFT. This article also offers information on how hospice care can help with AFFT.

Many older adults deal with depression on a daily basis. Griswold offers five simple tips for caregivers dealing with this complex problem. Read this article to gain greater insight into helping your loved one move past a bout of depression.

Older adults experience depression in a very different way from younger persons diagnosed with the disorder. In fact, only 10% of older adults receive clinical depression treatment, let alone know what options are available to them. This infographic presents additional statistics, information, and warning signs for depression in older adults.