Clinical Guidelines

Information and Resources for

Health Care Professionals

Information and Resources for

Older Adults and Care Partners

Information for Health Care Professionals

All older adults have the right and deserve to receive services and care that promotes their mental health and responds to their mental illness needs.

Although depression can be quite common in later life, depression is not a typical part of aging. Depression can be treated in different ways. The type of depression, how severe it is, and the wishes of the older adult will all help determine the best treatment.

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The Depression In Older Adults clinician pocket card will provide an overview of the assessment and treatment of depression in older adults.

View, download, and print the clinician card Are my patients at higher risk of depression?  co-created by CCSMH and National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly. It provides an overview of diagnostic considerations for depression in older adults.

Download the Stepped-Care Treatment Information screensaver.

Discover the Stepped Care Model Treatment for depression in older adults.