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Introduction: Depression continues to be one of most common medical conditions for the elderly.

***** of elderly with ***** illness

***** of increase in suicidal tendencies of depressed

Wrong assumption that aging necessitates depression.

Difficulty ***** healthcare providers in recognizing depression.

Increased tendency toward suicidal tendencies in many depressed.

IV. Other individuals immune to ***** and suicide despite life problems.

V. Individuals may not even recognize their own depression

VI. Myths associated with aging including depression

*****. Symptoms may take months to worsen and show up

*****. Aging individuals should ***** treated similar to younger patients when seen by doctor.

IX. Depression can mask itself in many ways

*****. Up to family and healthcare providers ***** be vigilant ***** notice changes.

XI. With care, ***** can ***** helped.

***** ranks as one of the most ***** medical problems in the elderly. The occurrence ***** this illness among community-dwell*****g older individuals ranges from 8 to 15 percent and among institutionalized individuals, about 30 percent. Depression is also listed as one of the greatest risk factors for ***** in this population: White men aged 65 to 69 have a 45 ***** greater predisposition to commit suicide; 70 to 74, an ********** percent greater *****; and over 85, more than three and a half times ***** *****clination. If recognized in time, a significant number of individuals could easily be treated by pharmaceuticals *****/or ********** ***** their depression. Yet, despite the high percent of cases, the problem often goes undiagnosed or ign*****ed by a large ***** of healthcare professionals. "The elderly depressed are chronically under*****, in ***** part because we as a society see old age as depressing. The *****sumption ***** it is logical for old people to be m*****erable pr*****ts us from ministering to that misery..." (Solomon, 2001, pg. 188)

How can such high num*****rs of incidence be decreased? Is there a w*****y ***** healthcare providers and social workers to recognize which individuals will take such drastic measures and intervene before it is too late? Unfortunately, this appears easier said ***** d*****, since ********** *****s contribute to these statistics (Evans 2000, p.1). Studies show that the elderly do not ***** talk to others about their depression and concerns due ***** the stigma of getting psychiatric care. *****y ***** visit their primary-care physicians, but do not *****tion that they are suffering any depressive symptoms such as feeling helpless, no longer enjoying friends and family, memory loss, sleeping difficulty, anxiety ***** extreme lack of energy. In fact, adds Evans (ibid, pg. 3) "it has been estimated that approximately 80 percent of the elderly who commit suicide have visited a doctor within a month prior to ********** de*****th. All too often, the signals that an ***** person is depressed are confused with signs of aging."

Research indicates that even mental healthcare practitioners have difficulty identifying depression, since the alarms ***** or may *****t go off. A study at the University of Iowa (Holkup, 2003, pg. 8) graded warning *****, determining those that would be *****


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