Depression is a serious matter and it can become even more prominent around the holiday season. Depression can be difficult enough to diagnose and treat in young people, but when it comes to seniors a whole group of other problems pop up. Some might see depression as a natural part of getting older, or the inevitable result of growing bodily infirmities and chronic conditions. The symptoms of depression may even be completely misdiagnosed as something else. It is important to know that depression is not a natural part of getting older and that it can be treated. We must be aware of the issue and know to look for it. Therefore, the Dewey Graduate Library is here to provide informational resources on the issues of depression in elderly.
Abdel-Rahman, E. (2012). Depression in the elderly. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. Dewey Library / RC 537.5 D476 2011
Baldwin, R. C. (2002). Guidelines on depression in older people: Practicing the evidence. London, UK: Martin Dunitz. Dewey Library / RC 537.5 G85 2002
Baldwin, R. C. (2010). Depression in later life. Oxford, NY: Oxford University Press. Dewey Library / RC 537.5 B36 2010
Berman, J., Furst, L. M. (2011). Depressed older adults: Education and screening. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. Dewey Library / RC 537.5 B47 2011
Blazer, D. G. (2002). Depression in late life. New York, NY: Springer Pub. Science Library / RC 537.5 B58 2002
Chew-Graham, C., Baldwin, R. C., Burns, A. S. (eds.) (2008). Integrated management of depression in the elderly. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Dewey Library / RC 537.5 C48 2008
Godfrey, M., Denby, T. (2004). Depression and older people: Towards securing well-being in later life. Bristol, UK: Policy Press in association with Help the Aged. Dewey Library / Oversized *: RC 537.5 G64 2004
Karel, M. J., Ogland-Hand, S., Gatz, M., Unutzer, J. (2002). Assessing and treating late-life depression: A casebook and resource guide. New York, NY: Basic Books. Science Library / RC 537.5 K37 2002
Koffman, S. D. (2000). Structured reminiscence and gestalt life review: Group treatment of older adults for late life adjustment. New York, NY: Garland Pub. Science Library / RC 451.4 A5 K65 2000
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According to the CDC, around 80% of older adults live with at least one chronic health condition, and nearly half live with two or more, dramatically increasing the risk of depression. The symptoms of depression may also be misdiagnosed as another problem entirely, leaving many depressed seniors untreated. This is a serious issue and we hope these resources prove helpful.
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Web links source: Sarmiento, Patricia. Raising Senior Mental Health Awareness Around the Holidays: 10 Important Resources (e-mail communication, December 10, 2014).