Depression in Older Adults
By Claiborne Clark
Duke University School of Medicine
Depression is not a normal part of the aging process. This important and provocative documentary explores the prevalence of depression among the elderly, its causes, and current approaches to treatment. The video presents interviews with actual patients who have experienced or are now experiencing severe depression late in life, as well as commentary from professionals including Dan Blazer, MD, PhD, author of Depression in Late Life, now in its second edition.
The program also explores public policy questions related to depression, the problems it creates for long-term care facilities, and the disturbingly high risk of suicide among elderly people who are depressed.
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"The message comes through loud and clear: that depression in late life is treatable, and that there are a variety of helpful treatment approaches." Charles F. Reynolds, III, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
"An excellent teaching tool, presenting in a clear and concise fashion the causes, signs, and treatment of a disease which can be so easily underestimated. Useful in educational institutions, senior centers, and as in-service material for staff in nursing homes." Lawrence Keogh, PhD, Gerontological Associates
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