A lot of people have depression. It affects About 25% (or 25,000-30,000) of older people in Leeds. Depression may be quite mild, so you can still do things you enjoy, or it can be very bad and seriously affect your life. It is not something that happens just because you have got older, but you may have a greater risk of being depressed if you go through long-term ill health, bereavement, are lonely, or live on a low income, or in poor housing conditions.
You can get support and treatment for depression including helplines, counselling, support groups, medication and complementary therapies. You may also be able to do things which will help yourself, including making sure you eat well, getting any exercise, you can, and trying to think about things which make you happy.
If you have depression, or are worried that you may have, you should talk with your GP about it.