HEALTHIER AGING: Is your older patient depressed?
Kathryn Murphy NP, CS, MSN

June 2007 
Volume 37  Number 6
Pages 22 - 23
  PDF Version Available!


Murphy, Kathryn NP, CS, MSN

Kathryn Murphy is a member of the nursing faculty at Muskegon (Mich.) Community College.

DEPRESSION, the most common psychiatric disorder in older adults, is often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Some signs and symptoms, such as lack of concentration, memory loss, and difficulty making decisions, may be mistakenly attributed to dementia rather than depression. Some health care providers believe that depression is a normal and unavoidable response to chronic illness, and many patients share that view. So even when depression is recognized, it may be undertreated.

Whether unrecognized or untreated, depression impairs an older adult's ability to function and diminishes her quality of life. It also dramatically increases her suicide risk.

Fortunately, depression is treatable. In this article, I'll tell you how to assess an older adult for depression so you can steer her toward help.

“Down in the dumps,” and more

Considered ...

Purchase Now !

To purchase this item, follow the instructions below. If you’re not already logged in, be sure to enter your login information below to ensure that your item is saved to your File Drawer after you purchase it.

Not a member? Join now for Free!

1) If you're not already logged in, enter your information below to save this item in your File Drawer for future viewing.

User name:


Forgot your user name or password?
2)  If you have a coupon or promotional code, enter it
here.(If not, just click Continue.

Digital Coupon: (optional)

3)  Click Continue to go to the next screen, where
you'll enter your payment details.

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles Recommended Nursing Articles Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events