The secret to happiness has long eluded the general public. Now, a new study has provided some insight as to how some retirement living seniors can avoid depression.
Researchers at Iowa State University's gerontology program have concluded that those who are satisfied with their past accomplishments are often able to maintain their happiness in their golden years.
"The past is the best predictor of the future, so you're not going to turn your life around at 85 or 90" said Peter Martin, director of the program.
"But it's also good to know that past accomplishments and the happiness that you had - looking back at your past - carries you through these very last years."
Causes of depression for independent living seniors can stem from death of a spouse, family disputes or even boredom from retirement.
Seniors should remember to keep themselves active with hobbies and family activities.
However, if symptoms of depression persist, individuals are advised to seek the advice of a medical professional.