Depression in Older Adults
On May 15, 2014 Dr. Nicholas Schor, a board certified psychiatrist with a practice centering on older adults, gave an outstanding lecture on the issues of loss, grief, memory problems, and isolation, all of which contribute to feelings of sadness.
To view the slides that Dr. Schor used in his presentation, click here
Watch the entire lecture:
Facts about depression: Depression affects more than 19 million Americans every year, regardless of age, race, or gender. Although depression is not a normal part of the aging process there is a strong likelihood of it occurring when other physical health conditions are present. For example, nearly a quarter of the 600,000 people who experience a stroke in a given year will experience clinical depression.
Unfortunately, symptoms of depression are often overlooked and untreated when they coincide with other medical illnesses or life events that commonly occur as people age.
However, clinical depression is never a "normal" response, it is a serious medical illness that should be treated at any age.