Geriatric Depression Scale
Depression affects people of all ages but it is particularly common in the elderly. Depression in older adults not only causes distress and suffering, but also leads to impairments in physical, emotional and social functioning. Depression is frequently not treated in older adults due to individuals’ reluctance to report mental health concerns and failure to recognize depression. Older adults can feel much better when depression is treated. Antidepressant medications and counseling are treatment interventions that are recommended for older adults.
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This is the scoring for the scale. Assign one point for each of these answers. Cut-off: normal (0 –5), above 5 suggests depression.
Source: Courtesy of Jerome A Yesavage, M.D.