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:
Tools for Clinicians:
[updated October 13, 2017]