Depression in the elderly: role of the district nurse
Gaynor Mabbett MSc RGN RM Lecturer in Public Health and Primary Healthcare Swansea University
Depression affects 5% of the population, with depressive symptoms being more common in people over the age of 65.(1) Prevalence rates vary, generally ranging from 10% to 15%, although some studies report rates as high as 26%.(2) As the number of people over 65 continues to rise, there is the potential for an increase in the number of people with depression.