Kgatelelo ya maikutlo mo bagoding le Mme Kemoneilwe Metsing – Chief Psychologist ( Dpt of Higher Education, Gauteng

There are many families that no longer stay in with their elderlies on a full time basis. On most instances you find the elders leaving alone back at the villages whereas their kids stay in the cities next to their work places. Now what we normally don’t realize is that elders do get depressed due to loneliness, or missing their children too much or for any other reason.
Depression in the elderly is common. That doesn't mean it's normal. Late-life depression affects about 6 million people aged 65 and older. But only 10% receive treatment for depression. The likely reason is that the elderly often display symptoms of depression differently. Depression in the elderly is also frequently confused with the effects of multiple illnesses and the medicines used to treat them.
Depression impacts older people differently than younger people. In the elderly, depression often occurs with other medical illnesses and disabilities and lasts longer.