Depression

Depression is the most common mental health problem for older adults and has deep negative impacts on all aspects of their life, not to mention the impact on family and the community. Even though depression is common among older adults, it should not be considered a normal part of aging. It is important that doctors be aware of the prevalence of depression, the challenges of diagnosis and the complexity of caring for older adults who are often also medically ill. It is also important that clinicians realize that depression in the elderly is treatable and that treatment can result in major functional, social and health gains.

Tools for Seniors and Families:

Depression in Older Adults: You Are Not Alone! (Available in English, French, Punjabi, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese)

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Tools for Clinicians:

CCSMH National Guidelines for Seniors' Mental Health
  • The Assessment and Treatment of Depression
  • Clinician’s Pocket Card
  • Tool on Depression: Assessment & Treatment for Older Adults
  • Are my older patients at higher risk of depression?
    Tool on Depression: Assessment & Treatment for Older Adults – PowerPoint Presentation
    Depression in the Elderly: CCSMH National Guidelines-Informed Interactive, Case-Based Tutorial

     

    [updated October 13, 2017]