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Depression and Aging Infographic


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Depression and Aging Infographic

  1. 1. “Everyone feels sad or blue sometimes. It is a natural part of life. But when the sadness persists and interferes with everyday life, it may be depression. Depression is not a normal part of growing older. It is a treatable medical illness, much like heart disease or diabetes.” — Geriatric Mental Health Foundation To honor National Depression Screening Day, this infographic provides information and tools to promote early recognition and treatment of depression in older adults. Learn more and take action: Depression – Not a Normal Part of Aging Depression (also known as Major Depressive Disorder) IS… • A lifelong condition and mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue • A serious medical illness that affects one’s: - Thoughts - Feelings - Behavior - Mood - Physical Health Learn more: Depression IS NOT… • A normal part of aging • A natural reaction to chronic illness, loss and social transition The Impact of Untreated Depression • Untreated depression has been connected to chronic conditions such as: - Heart disease - Diabetes - Stroke - Increased health care costs - Inability to function - Disability • Older adults have the highest rates of suicide of any age group Learn more: The Symptoms of Depression Here is a list of the most common symptoms of depression in older adults. Review this list, check any symptoms that you notice and share the list with your healthcare provider. Memory problems Vague complaints of pain Confusion Inability to sleep Social withdrawal Irritability Loss of appetite Delusions Weight loss Hallucinations • Clients with depression often have shifting periods of wellness and relapse • A diagnosis of depression should include: - A physical exam - A review of medications - A clinical & psychiatric interview - Speaking with family/friends - Blood tests - Imaging studies Learn more: Treating Depression in Older Adults “For older adults (age 60+), the top recommended treatment is home or clinic-based depression care management (DCM).” Task Force on Community Preventive Services The quote above calls out the importance of home-based depression care, education, support and treatment. The most effective treatment for depression in older adults combines medicine with: - Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) - Client and family education - Support groups - Wellness - Home care coordination Learn more: Fight Depression Action Plan If you think that you or someone you care about may be living with depression, the following resources can help. Learn more about Depression in Older Adults: Learn more about National Depression Screening Day: Join a Support Group: Get emergency help, if you or someone you care about are at risk for self-injury or suicide. - Don't leave the person alone - Call 911 or a local emergency number right away - Or, if you think you can do so safely, take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room yourself brought to you by: © 2013 Griswold International, LLC