Though Beyond Blue reports that around 10-15 per cent of elderly people in Australia suffer depression, it is still both a treatable and curable condition. Having the ailment may make things seem hopeless, or destroy your motivation, but allowing yourself to slip into isolation is the exact opposite way to help yourself.

With that in mind, if you are a senior person looking to continue leading an active lifestyle, consider these helpful tips for conquering your depression.

Engage with a community

Intense moods can be overwhelming if you are left to think about them alone. However, engaging with a community or social group is a great way to distract the brain from these whirlwind mindsets and promote positive feelings. Community groups such as those in your Newcastle retirement village are always active, be it through sports such as bowls or quieter activities more akin to book clubs. Even if you feel completely lacking in motivation and energy, you need to force yourself outdoors and into these social circles. When you have made friends, you can begin inviting them over to your own house, too, meaning you don't need to expend the energy to go outdoors as often (though you still should when possible). 

Start exercising

Even if only light, exercising can have the same positive chemical benefits to your brain as antidepressants, and without the pills or side effects. There are a number of sports that elderly people can safely take part in that will not only promote this healthy lifestyle change, but also introduce you to new communities as well. If they don't sound like they are for you, don't discount the power of going for a quiet walk on a regular basis for a bit of fresh air. You can even integrate walking into your regular regime by parking slightly further away from the supermarket, or walking to a friend's house rather than driving.

Adopt a pet

On a different note, adopting a pet such as an easy-to-manage dog can add great mental health benefits to your life. Looking after a pet can bring back positive memories and feelings from when you were raising children, if you had any, and remove an element of isolation that living alone can sometimes bring. On top of that, the touching, cuddling and other interactive elements of owning a happy pet is a great substitute for similar human interaction that may not be so common anymore. 

The depression self-help guide for elderly people