The Cause Of Depression In The Elderly Population

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Depression and the Elderly Introduction Depression is a common mental illness within the entire population, but especially in the elderly population due to a variety of circumstances and obstacles that occur during the aging process. In any case depression may be difficult to notice, but is especially difficult in the elderly population. Elderly people are less active than younger adults, and experience different obstacles later in life that contribute to the cause of depression. Dealing with different medical problems, living alone, decreased mobility, and loneliness are all factors that contribute to depression. Aging is an inevitable part of life, and everyone is going through it every day. Aging can be difficult for some and more difficult …show more content…

Aging for some is not as bad as it is for others. Depression is not considered to be a normal part of aging, but large number of our elderly population experiences depression or a mental disorder during the aging process. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) “An estimated 7 million of the nation’s 39 million adults aged 65 years and older are affected by depression” (Benson, p1). The CDC also reported that there is no major signs that ethnicity has much to do with depression within the elderly adult population, but women are more likely to become depressed than men. The Medical Research Council Cognitive Function and Ageing Study found that elderly adults living in private institution such as nursing homes had a higher prevalence of depression than those whom lived in their own …show more content…

Depression is a mental illness that requires medical attention and treatment by a medical professional. According to Evans and Mottram (2000), it is very difficult for depression to be diagnosed in a hospital setting for a variety of reasons such as: elderly often do not give accurate information, hospitals are noisy and not private, it may be hard to transfer to a private room, and they may be exhausted from their illness. According to the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics (2008), when assessing depression you should try to determine what their ability to do daily living activities also known as (ADLs) such as showering, getting dressed, eating, using the restroom, etc. Understanding ADLs in patients initially makes it easier for a doctor to recognize when there is a change in ability to do these

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