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Diagnosing and Managing Depression in the Elderly

Depression is a serious life threatening illness, which without question increases the risk of mortality in elderly patients and is linked with increased mortality of residents in nursing and assisted living homes, along with other long-term care facilities.

Studies reveal that the presence of major depression during admission to a nursing home facility more than doubles the likelihood of death one year later independently of other health conditions.

Additionally, a growing body of evidence shows that depression adversely affects the course of other illnesses common to the elderly such as: diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease.