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Running Head: Depression & the Elderly 1 Depression in the Elderly Population Tanya Lewis Walden University
Depression & the Elderly 2 Abstract Mental Health America states that 19 million Americans every year are troubled by depression. Depression doesn’t discriminate and it can affect any one, at any age, no matter their gender or race. Depression affects the elderly population more severely due to them having co-occurring physical health issues. In working with the elderly population, depression can be overseen due to the physical health issues always being a priority. Six articles were reviewed to learn more about depression in the elderly, symptoms that arise and who it affects more. Also, in these articles there was mention of ways in which to prevent depression in the elderly as well as some interventions that could be used to deal with depression in the elderly population.
Depression & the Elderly 3 Depression and the Elderly Population The elderly are going through many life changes to include growing older, lack of an informal support network to include the loss of friends, relatives and even their partners. They are even subjected to various medical conditions which increases their chances of showing signs of depression. 80% of the older adult population suffer from at least one medical condition and at least 50% of them suffer from two or more medical conditions which increases the chances of them getting depression.

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