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Depression in Seniors

Depression affects more than 6.5 million of the 35 million Americans aged 65 years or older. Most people in this stage of life with depression have been experiencing episodes of the illness during much of their lives. For others, depression has a first onset in late life—even persons in their 80s and 90s. Depression in older persons is closely associated with dependency and disability and causes great suffering for the individual and the family.  continue

Download the Depression in Older Persons Fact Sheet in (PDF).

Resources

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Depression-elderly

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – Older Adults: Depression and Suicide Facts

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) – Elderly Depression

Depressionisreal.org's Down & Up Show Podcasts

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