The Prevalence of Depression and Suicide in the Elderly
We may all experience anxiety and depression at various stages of our lives. However, many older adults are increasingly at risk of developing mental and neurological disorders. For many elderly people, reduced mobility, chronic pain and other health problems can lead to poorer quality of life. Faced with the threat of mortality and illness, older adults are increasingly susceptible to depression and suicide.
We were joined by Professor Viviana Wuthrich to discuss the prevalence of depression and suicide in the elderly. She is a Professor in the Centre for Emotional Health and Department of Psychology at Macquarie University. Her and the staff at Macquarie are currently trialling new ways to reduce depression and suicide in the elderly.