Gray Matters

Gray Matters

Understanding Depression in Older Adults

Feelings of sadness, loneliness and grief are normal. However, when this sadness is intense, is felt for a long period of time, interferes with our ability to get along with others or to carry out the activities of everyday life…then it could be depression.

Join NAMI Minnesota to talk about risk factors, warning signs, stigma, discrimination, treatment, recovery and resources for depression in older adults. Suicide prevention resources will be briefly discussed. Depression is not a normal part of aging.

  • Learn a few mental illness basics
  • Identify the risk factors and warning signs of depression and suicide in older adults
  • Describe stigma, discrimination, treatment and recovery of mental illness in older adults
  • Identify at least three resources to support older adults living with depression

About our Speaker

Kay King is an adult community educator for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) MN and is the older adults program coordinator. Each year she teaches about 4,000 families, professionals, community members and people living with mental illness about good mental health, suicide prevention and mental illness. She is a former executive director of a retirement community with independent and assisted living and a general manager of large hotels and resorts nationally and internationally. Kay is a family member and has worked for NAMI Minnesota for 14 years.