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Baby Boomers Are More Depressed than Other Generations – It’s Time to Fight Back!

By Margaret Manning February 16, 2017 Mindset

Life after 60 is a time of transitions. Our kids have left the home. After decades climbing the corporate ladder, many of us are finding our careers grinding to a halt. Silver divorces are on the rise as many baby boomers re-evaluate their relationships.

All of us, to one degree or another, are nervous about our ability to support ourselves financially when we retire.

With so many factors at play, it’s no surprise that many baby boomers are dealing with depression. According to a recent Gallup Poll, about 1 in 7 baby boomers are currently being treated for depression. This is a higher rate than any other generation, including those older than us.

In addition, according to Gallup, baby boomers are more likely than any other generation to have experienced depression at some point during their lives.

We Need to Fight Back Against Depression

Depression is a complex issue and, in many cases, medication is needed to get a patient back on track. As a result, I would always encourage you to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing anxiety, depression or any similar issue. That said, there are simple things that each of us can do to take matters into our own hands.

For starters, one of the best things that you can do to fight back against depression is get in better shape. This doesn’t have to involve joining a gym. Just going for a long walk every day can improve your mood. Regular exercise has been shown by scientists to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. So, why not give your body and brain the attention it deserves?

One of the risk factors for depression is social isolation. When we spend too much time inside our own heads, our thoughts have a tendency to spin out of control. One of the best ways to address feelings of loneliness or social isolation is to give back. This could be as simple as volunteering for a local charity or becoming a mentor for kids in your city. Check out for a list of volunteer opportunities in your area.

Finally, nothing will boost your happiness more than having good friends in your life. Take advantage of services like Sixty and Me to meet people who share your interests. You are an amazing person and you deserve all of the happiness in the world!

What advice would you give to a friend who is struggling with anxiety or depression? Why do you think baby boomers are, on average, more depressed than other generations? Please join the conversation.


Here’s a short video that I recorded about depression among baby boomers. I hope you find it interesting.

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Joyce Ramsay

I recently visited my German pen-friend from Australia and she thought that us Baby Boomers had the best of everything – we had purpose (re-building nations after the war), satisfying work – there was no shortage of work, better health as we ate natural foods and exercised more and mental health was not a focus. We knew that life had ups and downs and a visit to a friend was enough to get us over the blue times. We had no mobile phones or computers so we had real time friends and outings in natural surroundings. I think the answer is to remain active, remain connected to at least one friend and give back – generosity returns with interest, and not dismiss, but not focus on our own headspace.

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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