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Running head: DEPRESSION IN THE ELDERLY 1 Depression in the Elderly Devaka Newton Professor Jalana Harris Walden University SOCW 6111 February 6, 2021
DEPRESSION IN THE ELDERLY 2 Introduction Depression in older people is a common phenomenon. According to Mohammad and Gholami, late-life depression in the United States affects about 6 million people above 65 years old (2019). The problems that come with old age, including homelessness, affect the life of the elderly. The most significant issue is that of all the people suffering from depression, 10% of the older people seek depression ( Xiang et al., 2018). The main reason for this is that depression in this group is seen as an effect of old age or the side effects of their medications. Depression in older people differs significantly from the others. This is because it is a condition associated with higher cardiac arrest cases and sudden death. It also makes it difficult to rehabilitate such people. This is why depression in older people should be evaluated and treated early when the symptoms are mild. Problem Statement The population in the world is aging at a higher rate. According to Alshraifeen et al., the number of older adults in the universe will double by 2050 (2020). This would mean that more people will take care of when it comes to chronic diseases and adult depression. To improve the well-being of the clients, it is essential to establish the health challenges they go through and provide the right intervention. However, the incidences of depression in this group almost go undiscovered, and hence they suffer in the pain of anxiety and sadness. Literature Review
DEPRESSION IN THE ELDERLY 3 According to Nota et al., depression in older people is not a normal part of aging, although it is a common problem ( 2020). Although older people suffer from illnesses and physical issues, they are satisfied with their lives. However, changes in old age bring stress and feelings of sadness and may lead to depression. Issues such as the death of a loved one lead to anxiousness, and it may be difficult for such a person to gain emotional balance and hence run into depression. Several signs of depression should be looked for in elderly adults ( Mohamadi et al., 2017). However, this group is vulnerable to depression because they do not depict the symptoms as in the case of young people. The elderly is also less likely to talk about their feelings making it hard to detect instances of depression in such patients. At the same time, depression in older people can appear as tiredness or trouble sleeping. At the same time, they may have medical conditions that make them seem depressed. The detection of depression in older people is thus tricky and requires a lot of attention. According to Mohamadi et al., there are different types of depression that the elderly can suffer (2017). They may depict significant depression, which is characterized by significant symptoms. An older person with these symptoms cannot work, suffers from sleeplessness, and cannot eat well and enjoy life.

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