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Elderly Depression

Elder Care: The (Virtual) Word Is Your Oyster

Ilaina Edison | Posted 08.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ilaina Edison

For the young and able-bodied, online networking is an invaluable tool of commerce, social life and entertainment. For those whose social circles have diminished because of age, illness or limited mobility, social networking can be a bridge out of isolation and depression.

The Depression Epidemic In The Elderly

Rose Madden-Baer, MSN, MSHA | Posted 12.29.2011 | Home
Rose Madden-Baer, MSN, MSHA

We must insist that health professionals, especially primary care physicians treating the elderly, assess their patients for depression and consider new ways of treating the illness.

Why 1 in 5 Boomers Are Depressed

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 09.18.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

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.

Aging Well: How Depression In Old Age Can Be Overcome

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 08.27.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Yes, depression can be dangerous and is a barrier to aging well, but it is not an inevitable outcome of old age, and when it occurs, it can usually be overcome.

Reducing Late-Life Depression

Ilaina Edison | Posted 08.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Ilaina Edison

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.

Is Depression An Inevitable Outcome Of Getting Old?

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 08.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

The good news for older adults is that, contrary to common belief, depression is not a normal or inevitable outcome of aging. But the ageist expectation that it is frequently results in failure to take steps to overcome it.

Beating Late-Life Depression

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 08.01.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

The good news is that with the appropriate medication and/or psychotherapy, 80 percent of depressed older adults will improve.

At 100 Years Old, Is Depression Inevitable?

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Don't be caught up by the myth that elderly folks don't get depressed, and being "slow" or "sad" is a natural part of aging. It isn't!