Understanding and managing depression in older people

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.e1138

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Conflict of interest

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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

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