Canadian Alliance on mental Illness and Mental Health Alliance Canadienne pour la Maladie Mentale et la Sante Mentale

National Guidelines for Seniors' Mental Health: The Assessment and Treatment of Depression

Background of issue:

Depression is the most common mental health problem for older adults and has profound negative impacts on all aspects of their life, not to mention the impact on family and the community. Despite its prevalence, depression should not be considered a normal part of aging. It is important that clinicians be aware of the prevalence of depression, the challenges of diagnosis and the complexity of caring for older adults who are often also medically ill. It is also vital that clinicians realize that depression in the elderly is treatable and that treatment can result in major functional, social and health gains.

You can download a copy of the Assessment and Treatment of Depression Guideline at no charge.

Learn more about how the Assessment and Treatment of Depression guideline is being implemented throughout Canada in a variety of innovative pilot projects.

The Depression Guideline Development Group included the following members:

Dr. Diane Buchanan Co-chair Nursing
Dr. Marie-France Tourigny-Rivard Co-chair Psychiatry
Dr. Philippe Cappelliez Group Member Psychology
Dr. Chris Frank Group Member Family Medicine
Pronica Janikowski Group Member Pharmacy
Lily Spanjevic Group Member Nursing
Dr. Alastair Flint Consultant Psychiatry
Dr. Nathan Herrmann Consultant Psychiatry