Unfortunately, much of the depression in the elderly goes unrecognized, and therefore untreated, by medical professionals. Many caregivers think depression is a normal part of the aging process, but it is not.
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Depression affects more than 6.5 million of the 35 million Americans aged 65 or older. For those who are homebound, the prevalence is even higher, with estimates ranging from 13.5 to 46 percent.
The good news is that with the appropriate medication and/or psychotherapy, 80 percent of depressed older adults will improve.
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