Depression And The Elderly, Risk Factors Associated With Depression

1298 Words Mar 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Depression in Old Age
Introduction
Often times, old age is viewed as a time of rest, reflection and a chance to really appreciate the family and friends one still has around them. Nevertheless, this is not always the case in many older adults. Depression and suicide are two causes of death that are increasing in prevalence for all age groups. They are also on the rise in a specific age group, that of older adults. Depression in elderly adults, although prevalent, is under-diagnosed and under-treated. In order to address this concern, it is extremely important to develop a better understanding of the life of an elderly adult by examining their thought processes and overall quality of life. Understanding will increase the ability to alleviate the suffering of older adults with depression and help them to distinguish reality- based worries from distorted thinking. This paper is going to outline the main aspects and causes of depression in the elderly, risk factors associated with it, and different strategies that can be used to overcome this issue.

Discussion
Issue related to Older Adults
Geriatric depression is a growing concern that not only takes place in a home setting, but also in hospitals, long-term care centers, and old age homes. Therefore, as nurses, we play a significant role in the lives of elderly patients every day. Older adults are vulnerable to all of the contributing factors of depression that younger individuals experience. However, the elderly are…

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