Depression in the elderly: A pharmacist’s perspective

Shana Castillo, Kimberley J. Begley, Ann Ryan-Haddad, Ellen Sorrentino, Kwasi Twum-Fening

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Abstract

Depression is a disease state that is commonly underdiagnosed and undertreated in patients over the age of 65 years. Elderly patients may differ from younger patients in the presentation of symptoms and in the prevalence of comorbidities. Risk factors for the development of depression are different for elderly patients. Treatment may also be dissimilar, including response and response time to treatment. Treatment should be tailored to the individual patient in the geriatric population to optimize therapeutic outcomes. Pharmacists can be vigilant of comorbidities and medications that potentially increase the risk of depression in the elderly. Pharmacists can play a significant role in advocating for the screening and treatment of this disease state. They are in a unique position to improve patient outcomes in late-life depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-394
Number of pages7
JournalFormulary
Volume48
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2013

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  • Pharmacology (medical)

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Castillo, S., Begley, K. J., Ryan-Haddad, A., Sorrentino, E., & Twum-Fening, K. (2013). Depression in the elderly: A pharmacist’s perspective. Formulary, 48, 388-394.