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Depression Screening for Older Adults
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Depression Screening for Older Adults

From Fairfax County:

Do you ever wonder if you might have bouts of sadness that are especially hard to get over?  Do your family members worry about you and tell you that you might be depressed?  You probably know that everyone experiences sadness in life, disappointments, and the grief that accompanies the loss of a loved one, but depression is different.  People who are sad can generally continue their daily routines and activities.  But serious depression is a medical illness that interferes with a person’s ability to function as they normally do. 

Depression is difficult to recognize in older adults because many changes are occurring that can mask real depression.  Grieving and dementia are two of the common changes that can mask depression.  While depression can largely affect an individual’s life, 80% of depression cases can improve.  Treatments such as counseling and medication can help reduce one’s symptoms of depression.

Come for a private session on Friday, January 28 with Nancy Commisso, LCSW, licensed clinical social worker and director of the Senior+ Program in Fairfax County.  Using a standardized form to screen for depression in older adults, Nancy will work with you to determine whether you have signs of depression.  She will also offer ideas to what to do about it.  This event is free and open to the public. 

To register or for more information, please call 703-765-4573 (TTY 711). The event will be held Friday, January 28, at 10:00 a.m. in the Hollin Hall Senior Center located at 1500 Shenandoah Road in Alexandria, VA.

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