Approximately 15% of Americans 65 years or older report clinically significant depressive symptom.
How can the care manager help family care staff recognize of depression in frail older adults?
Informal and formal caregivers must be taught to observe and assess the usual behavior patterns and activity level of the frail elders so that they will be able to recognize physical, mental, and emotional changes if they occur. Depression can be added to a care giver training program offered by your agency. Care staff for a client with a history of depression can be individually trained by the geriatric care manager.
Changes can occur quickly and may have significant consequences. The care manager must educate family caregivers on signs of depression so that they are aware that they must not merely accept unexplained changes in mood and function, ascribing them to aging, illness, or loss; rather, they must report these changes to the geriatric care manager
All elders, deserve competent assessment and appropriate treatment for depression.
Read the chapter on Depression and the Older Adult: The Role of the Geriatric Care Manager by USC’s
Anne Katz, PhD, and LCSW and Korijna Valenti, M.A., M.S. M.P.W.
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