Report: Depression in Elderly Most Frequently Untreated

According to a new report, majority number of elders who stay in residential care domiciles and suffer depression is a health issue, which needs better consideration.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information collected data concerning 50,000 seniors in nursing homes and similar dwellings and discovered that nearly 45% showed symptoms of depression or were detected with it.

26% had a medical prognosis and an additional 18% revealed symptoms, but had not been diagnosed, according to data gathered from 550 places in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Yukon, which partake in a database dubbed the Continuing Care Reporting System.

British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Alberta have begun presenting data to the system, but there were not sufficient information to include in this study.

Dr. Marie-France Rivard, a Psychiatrist in Ottawa who solely treats the elderly, said that depression is underdiagnosed and is most frequently left uncured in elder people.

Rivard, who chairs an advisory committee on elders for the Mental Health Commission of Canada said, "This is really important to bring to everybody's attention, particularly that depression is a very treatable illness and with appropriate identification and treatment, the quality of life of people can be much improved".