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Depression and the Elderly

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Depression in the Elderly: 7 Ways to Help

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Depression is not a normal part of aging, and yet it often goes undiagnosed. Many seniors are resistant to treatment because they don't want to burden their families, or equate depression with weakness or even death.   View slideshow

Myths and Facts About Depression in the Elderly

All things considered, this population is more resilient than you might think
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Depression is not a normal part of aging, but nearly 20% of the older population—twice the rate of younger cohorts—experiences it. Even more troubling, only half of seniors with mental health problems gets treatment...  Read More

7 Ways to Support and Care for a Depressed Elder

How to strike a balance between making them not feel helpless and imposing tough love
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"One of the hardest questions I get from families is, 'How can I get my elderly loved one mental health help when they don't want it?' " says Joel E. Streim, MD, professor of geriatric psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Many seniors are resistant to treatment because they don't want to burden their families...   Read More

How Failing Senses Can Trigger Depression in the Elderly

Read about what can be done to prevent the depression that often follows
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Cathy Lowery, 50, of Western Springs, Ill., says her mother was doing fine in her assisted living home until she developed age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that causes severely blurred vision or blindness. Now she's worried that this health problem is making her mother feel depressed...  Read More

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