Depression in late life

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Abstract

Depression, whether syndromal or subsyndromal, is a common but treatable source of excess disability in late life. It is important to take a long-term view of the treatment of depression in the elderly, particularly with respect to maintenance therapy, because of the high risk for relapse, recurrence, and chronic invalidism. Special populations of elderly people, such as those with medical and neurological illness, or those with bereavement-related depression, also merit greater research attention.

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