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12/09/2014 10:10 am ET Updated Dec 09, 2014

Depression Is Often Undertreated In Older Adults

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For more than 40 years, Judy Young and her 75-year-old spouse, Meg Chalmers, shared so much: camping, antiquing, traveling. The retired nurses from Northwood, N.H., planned many more active years together. “We thought we would have a wonderful retirement, doing many things, enjoying a fantastic quality of life, having our health,” said 68-year-old Young.

But two years ago, Chalmers was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s, and Young assumed a new role, that of caregiver. After six months of wrestling with what she called daily grief, Young realized she was suffering from depression.

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