Depression in older people is easily missed. This practical guide shows how to identify depression in an older person and provide support to enable best possible quality of life.
'This is a most important book on a very serious and common condition - depression. The accounts are moving, and there are excellent explanations and suggested treatments.' - Professor Lewis Wolpert CBE, author of Malignant Sadness
'This timely book authored by an array of experts in the field highlights the special risk factors and responses that operate later in life. It is a welcome contribution to building a 21st century approach to mental health care.' - Professor Patrick McGorry AO, clinical academic, University of Melbourne
Even when he's grey around the muzzle, the black dog of depression can still deliver a ferocious bite.
Depression can strike at any age, and it may appear for the first time as we get older, as a result of life circumstances or our genetic makeup. While older people face the same kinds of mental health issues as younger people, they can find it more difficult to deal with them owing to the stressors which accumulate with age. There is also a high incidence of undiagnosed depression in older age, presenting extra challenges for carers.
Managing Depression Growing Older offers a systematic guide to identifying depression in older people, supporting them at home or in an aged care setting, and the importance of diet, exercise and attitude in recovery. It is essential reading for anyone who works with the elderly.
KERRIE EYERS MA (Psych), DipEd, MPH, MAPS is a psychologist, teacher and editor with many years' experience in mental health, based at the Black Dog Institute, Sydney. GORDON PARKER AO, MD, PhD, DSc, FRANZCP, FASSA is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales. He is a renowned researcher with an international profile and over 30 years' experience with mood disorders, and is author of the bestselling Dealing with Depression: A common sense guide to mood disorders. HENRY BRODATY AO, MB, BS, MD, DSc, FRACP, FRANZCP is Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health at the University of New South Wales and an internationally recognised authority on ageing and dementia.