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Did you know... Risk factors for late-onset depression included widowhood, physical illness, low educational attainment (less than high school), impaired functional status, and heavy alcohol consumption.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1999)

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Did you know that depression . . .

  • Is under-diagnosed as older adults tend to under-report. Many patients present somatically.
  • Co-exists with other mental or physical illnesses, including dementia and drinking.
  • Can present differently in different cultures.
  • Can be disabling and is associated with poor health care outcomes.
  • Has a high association with suicide attempts and completions; suicide is five times more common in later life than at other ages.
  • Increases health care costs and health care utilization.

Depression affects more than 19 million Americans every year, regardless of age, race, or gender. While depression is not a normal part of the aging process, there is a strong likelihood of it occurring when other physical health conditions are present. Unfortunately, symptoms of depression are often overlooked and untreated when they coincide with other medical illnesses or life events that commonly occur as people age (e.g., loss of loved ones). However, clinical depression is never a "normal" response; it is a serious medical illness that should be treated at any age.

 

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