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by Bakul Patel, M.D., Internal Medicine

Depression is a common but often misunderstood illness. You probably have days when you feel sad or blue. Most people do. But after a few days your feelings should start to lift. If you find it hard to move on and your sadness is starting to interfere with daily life, it may be time to seek help. Your bout might really be depression.

Due to absence of loved ones, health problems, trouble paying bills, or other reasons, it’s not uncommon for older people to feel lonely, sad, or stressed in their daily lives. Feelings like these may cause you to lose energy, not feel like doing anything, not eat enough, or overeat.

Being good to yourself may help you to cope with your feelings and improve your energy level, eating habits, and health. Here are some ideas for being good to yourself:

The California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) has awarded Monarch “Elite” status — the highest commendation possible — as the result of its 2009 Standards of Excellence (SOE) survey. Of the 85 California physician groups that participated in this SOE survey, Monarch was one of only 20 groups to receive this honor.

Each year, more than one-third of people age 65 or older fall. Balance exercises, along with certain strength exercises, can help prevent fall-related injuries, such as hip fractures. The 4 exercises that follow are aimed at improving your balance and your lower body strength. They include:

Stepping into the New Year with Exercise. Exercise for Seniors

There is a fountain of youth. Millions have discovered it - the secret to feeling better and living longer. It's called staying active. Finding a program that works for you and sticking with it can pay big dividends. Regular exercise can prevent or delay diabetes and heart trouble. It can also reduce arthritis pain, anxiety and depression. It can help older people stay independent.

One fall can change your life. If you’re elderly, it can lead to disability and a loss of independence. If your bones are fragile from osteoporosis, you could break a bone, often a hip. But aging alone doesn’t make people fall – diabetes and heart disease affect balance too. So do problems with circulation, thyroid or nervous systems. Some medicines can also make people dizzy,