Depression describes a range of moods, from feeling a bit low in mood to feeling unable to cope with everyday life. It can affect anyone, of any culture, age or background but more older people are affected than any other age group.
This is because older people are much more vulnerable to factors that lead to depression such as social isolation, loss of a loved one The neurobiological changes associated with getting older, prescribed medication for other conditions and genetic susceptibility (which increases with age) are also factors. There are a number of rarer mental health problems that affect older people too, including delirium, anxiety and late-onset schizophrenia.
Distraction and stimulation can help improve mood and wellbeing. The technology has been proven to work in a variety of Healthcare settings. It has helped build confidence between patient and carer, assisted in removing social isolation, as individuals have felt more inclined to become involved in group activities and generally offers a more positive contribution to occupation and activity on wards.