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Depression in Older Adults
Depression in older adults
Overview

We begin this chapter with a case study. We review the symptoms, prevalence, and assessment of depression in older adults. Then we provide an overview of pharmacological, psychological, and complementary treatment approaches. We follow this with a discussion of four topics that are particularly relevant to depression in older adults: religious beliefs and response to treatment, the association of chronic health problems and depression, social isolation, and nursing homes. We conclude with clinical guidelines, a chapter summary, and some suggested readings.

Case Study

Juan is 75 years old. His wife, Mary, died a year ago. Juan is recovering from prostate cancer and he is apparently depressed. The following discussion is between Juan and his home health care nurse, Bonnie.

Juan: I'm ...

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