KIC000008 - 9/22/2011 Positive Mental Health Mental Health...

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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 is 5% 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 is successful. Depression: Co-morbidity Depression is co-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
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