Int. J. of Behavioural and Healthcare Research   »   2016 Vol.6, No.1



Title: Elderly depression in senior care facilities: primary causes, effects, and mitigation


Authors: Ryan DeSmith; Mohammad Gharipour


Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Abstract: Depression affects more than 10% of the elderly population and represents the most common mental disorder for men and women ages 65 and over. Suicide in the USA is highest among those within this age range, and attributed to social isolation, loss of independence, despair, physical and mental impairment. Externally, an invisible barrier exists between senior living communities, keeping non-residents away. Enriching life with meaningful tasks and community involvement provide value and a healthier lifestyle to residents within that community. Depression could be mitigated with programs catered to physical and mental activities that stimulate the mind, leading to decreases in sedentary lifestyles. Alleviating depression in seniors will help them adapt to life and preserve their sense of belonging within the community. The impact of the research is to provide potential solutions in terms of activities which can create a sense of usefulness and social connectivity to the elderly.


Keywords: elderly depression; senior care facilities; healthcare; abuse; misdiagnosis; suicide; social isolation; social connectivity; activities; mitigation; loss of independence; despair; physical impairment; mental impairment; meaningful tasks; community involvement; sedentary lifestyles; seniors; senior citizens; old people.


DOI: 10.1504/IJBHR.2016.10002013


Int. J. of Behavioural and Healthcare Research, 2016 Vol.6, No.1, pp.42 - 57


Submission date: 26 Jan 2016
Date of acceptance: 14 Jul 2016
Available online: 19 Dec 2016



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