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1Elderly DepressionKari KriegRasmussen CollegeONP-DEP2004#: Human Growth & DevelopmentKristin HollingsworthNovember 8, 2020
2Elderly DepressionDepression is not a normal part of aging, but it is a common problem among the elderly. This paper will explore the differences between just being sad and the more serious problem of depression in elderly. Depression can have serious consequences at any age but the elderly are statistically more successful at suicide. This paper will explore the behaviors that should be recognized as warning signs to seek help. Elderly require a different level of care than those in middle adulthood and are often mistreated simply because they are aging. Diagnosing and treating depression in the elderly requires careful assessment of all areas of life to rule out any other contributing facts.Deciding if an elderly relative is clinically depressed or just sad from a life event takes a lot of patience from the caregiver and family. Observing the patient is one of the best tools that can be used to help decide what is wrong along with conversation. Knowing what is happening in the patient’s life can help know more about them personally and what changes may have takenplace. A life event such as a loss of a loved one, moving into retirement, or the diagnoses of a serious illness may start out as just sadness but may progress into something more serious (Depression, 2017) Everyone needs a period of adjustment when things change in life but as

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