Understanding and managing depression in older people
Jules Knight Consultant Admiral Nurse, Dementia UK, London, England At time of writing, dementia clinical nurse specialist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, England
Clinicians do not always recognise depression in older people as they attribute symptoms to the ageing process and the effects of failing health. Similarly, older people do not always appreciate that their symptoms relate to their mood. Understanding how depression affects older people can improve access to support, thereby improving overall health and quality of life. To ensure these outcomes we need a workforce with excellent communication skills that supports therapeutic relationships, promotes recognition of symptoms, and enhances assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management.
Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2019.e1138Peer review
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Knight J (2019) Understanding and managing depression in older people. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2019.e1138
Published online: 02 October 2019