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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Depression in Elders

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"Depression in Elders" is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites,  they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 
1. Identify the most common geriatric psychiatric disorder
2. Screen patients for depression using two brief screening questions
3. List risk factors for suicide by older adults
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Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as
(1) content is not changed, 
(2) no one is charged a fee to use or read the publication, 
(3) authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and 
(4) the reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatric Education Center."
Publications from, presentations from, and/or citations to this product: 
The Elder Care provider sheets are occasionally published in the Arizona Geriatrics Society Journal, which is published twice yearly.

Nelson, D. and Medina-Walpole, A. (2010, December), Elder care provider fact sheets. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(12), 2414-2415. Also available online.
Date posted: 
Fri, 05/01/2015
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Fri, 09/02/2016
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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Depression in Elders. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2015 Available from:


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