Report highlights Exmouth pensioners with depression

A REPORT published by Age Concern has found as many as one in four pensioners in Exmouth are blighted by depression.

The study found most are not getting any support because the illness is often wrongly seen as a natural part of getting older.

Age Concern’s new campaign, Down, but not out, however, aims to help and improve the quality of life for older people with depression.

Maria Bridle, from the charity’s information and advice office, in Exmouth, said: “Depression is the most common mental health problem in later life and should not be ignored.

“If it is not identified and treated, it can lead to a life of misery. It can often cause other illnesses and in extreme cases even suicide.”

Maria added: “The negative attitude many people have towards mental health problems makes it difficult for older people to talk about their depression and ask for help.

“It is scandalous that when they do seek help they may be denied treatment simply because of their age.”

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The charity is calling for people to support its campaign by visiting the following website address at: www.ageconcern.org.uk/downbutnotout

To find out more about how Age Concern Exmouth is involved in the campaign, contact Maria Bridle on (01395) 271242.

* There are still places available for Age Concern’s trip to Barnstaple on November 4. The pick-up point is Exmouth Bus Station.

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