About six million Americans age 65 and older experience symptoms of depression. Though common among the elderly, depression is not a normal part of aging.
Many seniors may not recognize the signs, such as loss of interest in socializing and hobbies, sadness and despair, sleep problems and neglecting personal care. Various medical conditions such as thyroid disorder and heart disease can also cause depression directly or as a reaction to the illness.
Seniors need special help when it comes to combating their depression, and here to talk about treatments and therapies available are Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Cal Adler; and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience and Director of the Cognitive Aging Program at the UC College of Medicine, Dr. Robert Krikorian.
If you are interested in more information about the treatments and therapies discussed by today's guests:
For studies of nutritional interventions to improve health and memory function in middle aged men and women, call Marcy at 513-558-2455.
For studies of the medication esketamine in late life depression, call Emily at 513-558-4295.