Background: depression is common in later life, particularly in people with poor physical health. In the acute hospital setting this is associated with poor outcomes, increased length of stay and compromised care. The recognition and diagnosis of depression is therefore a key first step in managing depression in the general hospital, and this may be facilitated by the use of an appropriate screening instrument.
These fact sheets are brought to you through a joint partnership with the National Council on Aging. Have you ever suffered from extended periods of sadness, loss of pleasure in everyday activities, poor sleep, or feelings of worthlessness or guilt? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of depression.
Diagnoses in this population generally correspond with DSM-IV-TR criteria, but geriatric depression has distinct clinical manifestations. Age-specific recommendations for assessing and treating geriatric depression can be generated in part from evidence-based reviews, meta-analyses, 3 and geriatric expert consensus guidelines. The recommendations in this article are based largely on findings from a National Institutes of Health NIH -sponsored project by Alexopoulos et al to develop consensus guidelines for managing geriatric depression and expert opinion from clinicians who treat geriatric patients.
Impact of hospitalization on the functional capacity of the elderly: A cohort study. To verify the trajectory of the functional capacity of elderly persons hospitalized due to clinical conditions in a university hospital. A descriptive, prospective cohort study was conducted between and
Depressive disorders are one of the common psychiatric ailments seen in elderly population. Data from India reveals a wide variation in the prevalence rate of depression. Prevalence in community-based studies have varied from 8.
The aging process can cause some older adults to experience emotional and mental challenges. And the attitudes some medical professionals have about aging — and what patients themselves believe — make certain conditions, such as addiction, even more difficult. Our multidisciplinary team of experts will do everything in its power to help your family regain control and help your loved ones enjoy the quality of life they deserve.
It is known that people who suffer from depression are more likely to have other physical illnesses, but the extent of the association between depression and non-psychiatric hospitalisation episodes has never been researched in great depth. We therefore aimed to investigate whether depressed middle-aged and older people were more likely to be hospitalised for causes other than mental illnesses, and whether the outcomes for this group of people were less favourable. Hospital outcomes including admission, length of stay, readmission and death while in hospital were recorded at 6, 12 and 24 months intervals after each LASA interview.