Depression in older people

Louise O'Brien, Rachel Rossiter, Bryan McMinn

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Most people, throughout their life, experience a range of emotions: From elation and joy to sadness, grief and despair. These highs and lows of emotional life are normal and indicative of the richness and importance of experience. Sometimes when in the trough of sadness or despair, we describe our-selves as ‘depressed’. However, there is a difference between feelings of depression and an illness called depression. The aim of this chapter is to explore depression and its impact on older people.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCaring for older people in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples for nursing practice
EditorsAmanda Johnson, Esther Chang
Place of PublicationMilton, Queensland
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9780730328346
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    O'Brien, L., Rossiter, R., & McMinn, B. (2017). Depression in older people. In A. Johnson, & E. Chang (Eds.), Caring for older people in Australia: Principles for nursing practice (2nd ed., pp. 389-415). John Wiley & Sons.