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Mental Health and Aging September 1S,2011 Depression in older adults is ... · .. not uncommon in late life · .. often unreported · .. often unrecognized · .. related to loss of physical functioning and independence · .. very treata ble Prevalence • Major depression prevalence fate (1 year) for older adults is5% or less • However, S- 20% of community dwelling older adults suffer from depressive symptoms Positive Mental Health http://P'>'iljvemenlalhe,,llhfoundat'''n.~fJrn/ Mental Health in Later Years • Age related changes. • Mental disorders (not a normal part of aging) • Treatment issuccessful. Depression: Co-morbidity Depression isco-morbid with "medical" conditions such as heart disease and stroke For older adults, who generally experience an increase in medical problems, this can be a significant issue 9/22/2011 1
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r: AssessingMental Health in Older Adults-Challenges Complicated by co-morbidity issues Diagnosis more difficult when symptoms of somatic disorders mimic/mask psychopathology
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