In 2000, a geriatric psychiatrist, Dr. Jürgen Unützer, conducted a study that showed that a scant 12-25% of seniors believed to have depression were being diagnosed properly and being treated. Seniors who have depression tend to be overlooked for a number of reasons. One reason is that people think that’s part of old age and don’t think anything of a senior who seems down in the dumps. Another reason is that seniors tend to avoid seeing a doctor for depression because of the stigma they think it carries.
For these reasons and others, the United States Preventive Services Task Force issued a recommendation urging screening for depression among older people. Continue reading Dealing with Depression in Old Age
So much information in current media is wired to have an immediate shock effect, with little to no long-standing value. Those of us who enjoy a more comfortable, predictable and content lifestyle find nearly every media outlet today to be stressful and negative–just a jolt of instant stress! It’s about time some reliable source of information geared stories toward seniors and what is important to them. After all, they represent a huge segment of the overall poplulation, and their numbers continue to grow larger every year. Of course headlines matter, regardless of the actual content, but information that contributes to better living, greater health and more enjoyment should be reported on with greater frequency.
What matters to today’s seniors extends far beyond the realm of medicine and melancholoy; they are the very backbone of society, the economy and so much of what contributes to a stable and productive world. News for senoirs should encompass a vast array of topics, from everything to living longer and better to finding worthwhile investmests and what the latest in helpful household gadgets are. Senior news is not just about getting on in years with a growing list of aches and pains, it’s about what it really means to live life to the fullest.
Headlines of violence, political misfortune and global turmoil may all sell very well to advertizers and make for good ratings, but people need more consistant educational value in thier news and stories that help them make better people of themselves and better lives for their children, a better societal foundation in general. Senoirs need news that matters to them personally; they have seen a thousand similar headlines reporting about the same horrors, affairs and political misgivings through the years and could probably predict the outcomes of the latest scandals with a very good degree of accuracy. Tell them something they don’t already know.