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Depression: the invisible disease by Marge Coalman-237

Depression: the invisible disease by Marge Coalman

Depression is the most prevalent undiagnosed, untreated disease in the world, and probably the most expensive, according to the World Health Organization. People rarely self-identify this serious medical condition. And, sadly, physicians, family members, coworkers and friends may fail to detect the disease in sufferers until quality of life is seriously affected.


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Mature adults and depression: how you can help by Paul Holbrook, M.A., C.S.C.S.-118

Mature adults and depression: how you can help by Paul Holbrook, M.A., C.S.C.S.

Although depression is not considered a normal part of aging, this illness is common among older adults. According to the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 15% of adults ages 65 and above experience symptoms of depression that cause them distress and make it hard for them to function.

Depression also influences the physical and mental health of older adults, say researchers from the Seattle-based University of Washington. Their study of the healthcare costs associated with depression shows that mature adults with significant depressive symptoms had healthcare costs about 50% higher than older individuals without depression. (1) According to the researchers, “This increase was seen for every component of healthcare costs and was not accounted for by an increase in specialty mental healthcare.”


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The invisible population by Marge Coalman-77

The invisible population by Marge Coalman

If organizations that serve individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementias had a symbolic flower, it would be the Forget-Me-Not. Forgetfulness is usually the first noticeable symptom of dementia. Since forgetfulness is not an obvious physical disability, the population of older adults with dementia stays largely invisible to the general public and, indeed, to the fitness and rehabilitation industries.


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