Improving Care for Older Patients with Depression

Improving Care for Older Patients with Depression - #82

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Depression in older adults, even major depression, is treatable. 

Older adults who present with symptoms of depressed mood.

Use strategies listed above to improve care of older adults with depression and depressive symptoms.

  1. Describe an atypical presentation of depression in older adults
  2. List 5 strategies to improve the care of older adults with symptoms of depression.
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  3. Fiske A, Loebach Wetherell J, Gatz M. Depression in older adults. Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 2009;5 363-389.
This GFF ___ my competence in geriatrics.

Michael L. Malone, MD, Advocate Aurora Health, Clinical Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Adam Perry, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Geisinger Commonwealth Medical College

Rebecca Weeks, MN, RN, Nurse Clinician, Nursing Administration, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center