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Topics in Social Work: Depression and the Elderly

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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Online Resources:

22 Senior Health Risk Calculators for Healthy Aging 

Addiction Prevention Guide for Seniors 

Aging and Depression from the American Psychological Association

Art Therapy for Seniors 

Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older from the Centers for Disease Control

Depression Treatment: Therapy, Medication and Lifestyle Changes 

Healthy Aging for Older Adults 

Substance Abuse and Misuse Among Older Adults 

Why You Should Care About Mental Health

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.

If you have any questions please contact Elaine Lasda-Bergman at, or contact the reference desk at or (518) 442-3691.

Blog post created by Alex Hoag

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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). 

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