Old, sad and in care
For the signs of depression to go unnoticed in the protected environment of a care home is inexcusable, says JEF SMITH
Dwarfing even the figures for dementia, 2.6 million older people are suffering from depression, around 25% of those over 65 and 40% of the over 85s. Depression is significantly higher among older women than among older men, and female suicide rates peak with the over 75 group.
Two thirds of older people with depression never discuss it with their GPs, and of those who do only half are diagnosed and receive treatment. Despite a recommendation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) that cognitive behavioural therapy should be avai