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Depression in the Elderly

Although rates of Depression among the elderly in the general community seem to be lower than what has been reported for middle-aged adults, Depression among hospitalized or institutionalized elderly is, if anything, more prevalent than among the middle-aged [ref]. In the elderly, a Depression can often be missed because they will often not experience, or at least not report, feeling sad or depressed.  Rather, their Depressions tend to be characterized more by a loss of interest in most of their activities and a tendency to become apathetic towards life.  They tend also to report more physical symptoms of Depression, such as trouble sleeping, poor appetite, low energy and weight loss.  Their concentration can also be impaired to the point where they may even seem to be suffering from a Dementia, which is a phenomenon is known as pseudo-dementia.

 

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