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Meaningful LivesIndependence, spirituality, family relationships, and depression were some of the importance discussed by the elderly population. Many stated they were self-sufficient and enjoyed doing things for themselves. Spirituality added a sense of purpose. Family relationshipsare meaningful to all that are near and far and felt supported. They also spoke of depression of many losses in their lives (Ragan, & Kane, 2010).The Healing Power of Laughter.Adding humor to improve therapy is therapeutic. It provides the elderly to enjoy a more exceptional rapport with the social worker, to clear the way for honesty, and to provide a healthy outlook on difficult situations. Humor therapy improves health, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and depression, and an excellent workout for the muscles in the abdomen area (Scott, Hyer, & McKenzie, 2015).Treatment for Depression.4
ELDERLY AND DEPRESSION Effective treatment for elderly depression could need more than method. Talk therapy,support groups, medication, and lifestyle changes are some of the ways to help this population overcome depression (Ell, 2006).Long Term CostMore than 19 million Americans regardless of gender, race or age suffer from depression.The elderly populations that have depression have higher insurance costs by over half. Long term costs effects workplaces by lost of days worked, reduced productivity, and early retirement. It can cost in the family by not attending family functions or poor money decisions (Thakur, & Blazer, 2008).Humor InterventionWeekly intervention sessions of, humor therapy have appeared to decrease constant pain, senses of isolation, enhanced joy, and life gratification in an average population of individuals ages 65 to 95. Persistent pain is an issue for several older population. However, linking humor that has no side-effects, will increase the instrument to shrink their illness and hence increase the success of other involvements as behavioral motivation. As long-term facilities repeatedly try to grow the movement in patients, humor is implied as a start to help apply and continue agendas. For the elderly population with depression, improved significantly by adding treatment with humor therapy. They also had a significant reduction in depression. There are more studies to bedone on merging humor into the current application. Humor may help to spread quality of life (Scott, Hyer, & McKenzie, 2015).IMPACT Intervention5
ELDERLY AND DEPRESSION I chose to use this intervention because the studies have shown the IMPACT reducesindicators of depression and increases elders’ capacity to perform in daily activates, related to care that is typically provided by other experts The intervention IMPACT is an approach that included care management working with the elderly’s primary care clinic to reinforce their care.