I looked into the old man's face and saw nothing but numerous thin lines that defined his age and glassy eyes with so much sadness and worry, his mouth clenched and relaxed as if he was suppressing his thoughts purposely. Last week, I heard he fell down due to weakness, as the doctor told him. He was given some medicines and was told to get bed rest. Every five minutes he calls someone by name. It could be someone that he wanted or it could be just to make sure that someone was there just in case. He hasn't eaten but one bite at every meal for days now. He eats lots and lots of sugar in everything he does eat. Everybody thinks he is worried and he is old. I think he is depressed and could not express his feelings to anyone. Well, maybe it is one and the same, what they say and what I say. The bottom line is that he is depressed.
It is one thing to go through depression because of problems that we face, whether it be from relationships, work, health or loneliness. And it's another to go through it from old age. I believe that age-related depression is the worst of all kinds of mental problems for many people. Several reasons could contribute for this kind of age-related depression. These include:
1. Feeling of unworthiness : men more than women feel this as women tend to interact with other people more and they tend to find something to do all the time even after retirement. It could be coffee with friends, chatting with neighbors, watching television serials, knitting, reading, etc. Most women entertain themselves by caring for their grandchildren. Since men do not have the nurturing quality as women do they do not know how to care for the children. Many men are technically inclined, working on the cars or in the backyard. But as they grow old these chores become more of a burden for them to do. Men tend to be alone most of the time since they do not have time to socialize with neighbors or knitting. Some have few friends to speak to, and the ones they do have might not have the time to do so, and watching television serials is sometimes out of the question for most men who prefer watching news at night time.