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Running Head: Depression & the Elderly 1Depression in the Elderly PopulationTanya LewisWalden University
Depression & the Elderly 2AbstractMental 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 someinterventions that could be used to deal with depression in the elderly population.
Depression & the Elderly 3Depression and the Elderly PopulationThe 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 signsof depression. 80% of the older adult population suffer from at least one medical condition andat least 50% of them suffer from two or more medical conditions which increases the chances ofthem getting depression.