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Running head: THE ELDERLY DEPRESSED POPULATION 1 Alexis Burks Walden University SOCW 6111 – Advanced Clinical Social work Practice 1 Social Workers Serving the Elderly Depressed Population: Review, Examination, & Treatment Recommendations January 30, 2018 Introduction Many times in this society the elderly population is overlooked and overshadowed. People tend to care about the youth because they are the future, and the young and middle-aged adults because they are currently controlling everything throughout the world. Nonetheless, people tend to forget about the issues that the elderly are suffering from. There have been many studies have concluded that the elderly population suffer from mental illnesses, physical illnesses, abuse, and are treated unethically by family, medical professionals, and others. One major issue that is overlooked by the majority within the population is depression. Elderly people suffer from depression for various reasons, however this illness can be treated, prevented, and mitigated if proper intervention strategies are used by professionals. This document will examine
THE ELDERLY DEPRESSED POPULATION 2 depression within the elderly community, and discuss intervention strategies, cultural considerations, code of ethics, and other topics related to depression within the elderly person. Literature Review Clinical depression is normal for the elderly person. Depression during elderly years effect more than 6 million individuals throughout the nation, but only 10 percent actually receive treatment for their depression (Ell, 2006). Many studies have been conducted to determine why the elderly population is overlooked, and why there is such a high rate of depression within this population of people. This information gathered from the various scholars mentioned throughout this data shed light on various components of elderly depression and the root-causes of this depression. Definition of Elderly It has been debatable as to who is or should be considered to be an elderly person. Some would consider an individual’s age as to determine whether a person should be considered elderly. Typically between the ages of 60-65 and above are reflected as elderly persons. However, as people are beginning to live longer lives, using age to describe an elderly person is becoming outdated. According to Singh & Bajorek (2014) by the year 2050 there will be double the amount of people over the age of 60, and more than 400 million individuals who are above the age of 80. The elderly group is known as the older group of people who are living. With this being said, 65 will no longer be the elderly group in the near-future. “Clinical practice guidelines currently do not adequately define ‘elderly’ persons” (Singh & Bajorek, 2014).

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