ElderCarelink Blog

Depressed elders at risk of dementia?

by ECL Staff
May 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am

A growing number of Americans are developing dementia, with this progressive brain disease causing problems such as memory loss and confusion. And older adults struggling with depression are even more likely to battle dementia.

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Diagnosing depression in elders is difficult

by Dorian Martin
January 31st, 2012 at 10:14 am

Mom’s placement in a nursing home due to her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and Alzheimer’s disease had ripple effects throughout our family. One of the most difficult was Dad’s diagnosis with depression. It turns out he’s not alone getting this diagnosis. A new study out of Rutgers University found that 6.2 percent of whites, 4.2 percent of African Americans and 7.2 percent of Hispanics were diagnosed with depression.

However, treatment varied among groups. Of those who were diagnosed with depression, 73 percent of whites were treated with antidepressants, psychotherapy or both, while 60 percent of African Americans and 63.4 percent of Hispanics were treated.

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ABC TV Alzheimer’s Series Riveting

by Carol Bursack
October 21st, 2010 at 6:09 am

Since the publicity has been enormous, anyone interested in caregiving would have a hard time not hearing about the ABC TV series on caregiving hosted by Maria Shriver. However, I do want to urge you to watch this important report by going to the ABC News site. You can type in “Shriver Report” and find the links. Read more »

You Are a Caregiver and You’re Depressed

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
September 20th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

As I blog, I can almost hear the pharmaceutical company commercial on television. “Depression hurts….” is followed by a recommendation that any depressed television viewers “talk to your doctor” to determine whether the pharmaceutical company’s anti-depression prescription medicine will help.

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