Year: 1981 Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, v.29, no.1, (1981), p.14-18 SIEC No: 19830104

Depression in elderly occurs in approx. 30% of those over 65. The chief cause of psychiatric hospitalization among elderly, it had great potential for inanition & suicidal death. Rolelessness, loss of coping ability & helplessness are often related to depression & behaviorial problems. Geriatric stereotypes, especially those held by health care workers nurture the above by reinforcing such behaviors. Relevance of psycho or sociotherapy with older persons is outlined.