Chapter 6. Depression in Later Life

  1. Lynne Walsh MSc, BSc (Hons) RMN, RGN, RNT Dip Prof Practice, Cert Ed, Cert Health Promotion Lecturer

Published Online: 4 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470749739.ch6

Depression Care across the Lifespan

Depression Care across the Lifespan

How to Cite

Walsh, L. (2009) Depression in Later Life, in Depression Care across the Lifespan, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470749739.ch6

Author Information

  1. School of Health Science, Swansea University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470517727

Online ISBN: 9780470749739



  • depression in later life;
  • impact of depression and bereavement in late life;
  • importance of respecting dignity of older people - main focus;
  • causes and incidence of depression in late life;
  • depression and its impact on cognitive functioning;
  • alcohol misuse in old age;
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2003);
  • anorexia in old age - poor nutrition in older people, focus of media attention and television programmes in UK;
  • Geriatric Depression Scale-15;
  • CBT, most frequently used psychological approach to treat depression


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Causes and incidence of depression in late life

  • Depression and dementia

  • Alcohol misuse in old age

  • Anorexia in old age

  • Beliefs about depression

  • The Geriatric Depression Scale-15

  • Management of depression in old age

  • Treatment

  • Adherence, compliance and concordance

  • Types of treatment available

  • Electroconvulsive therapy

  • Suicide and older people

  • Morbidity and mortality

  • Perceptions of care workers caring for older depressed adults

  • National Service Framework for older people

  • Bereavement and grief

  • Kubler Ross stages of dying

  • Ethnicity and depression

  • Lifespan developmental theories

  • Normal grief reactions

  • Abnormal or complicated grief

  • Conclusion

  • Reflection and discussion

  • References