Social isolation can often pose serious health threats to the senior population, and it’s more common than most people may think. It’s important to foster an environment where seniors can stay socially engaged as they get older. Here are some ways to promote social health, connectedness and help seniors avoid social isolation.

The authors interviewed a stratified sample of 203 male prisoners over the age of 59 from 15 prisons in England and Wales to understand the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity in this population. They found that the prevalence of depressive illness was five times greater in this population than what was found in studies of younger prisoners and elderly community members.

This webpage reviews the health issues identified during the Offender Intake Assessment, prevalence of mental health problems such as depression, suicide risk and stress.

March 6-8, 2017 the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario is offering this clinical education opportunity at the Ottawa Hospital.  Click here for the pdf registration form.

This presentation on Friday Feb. 24th from 1-2pm is one of the Geriatric Mental Heath videoconference education series. Dr. Sidney H. Kennedy will discuss the range of pharmacological and neurostimulation options for treatment of resistant depression, the potential for neuroimaging and molecular biomarkers to predict antidepressant response and the complexities of integrating clinical and biological big data. This event is available via telehealth and live webcast. Please see the pdf invitation for details.

In a study of nursing home residents with diabetes it was found that those of African American descent were three times more likely to be depressed than other races in the study.

The aim of this study was to describe the change in Health Quality-of-Life (HQoL) one year after admission for treatment of depression as well as the explore if improved HQoL was associated with remission of depression at follow-up and to compare these individuals with a reference group of older adults without depression.

Laurie Mallery, Constance LeBlanc and Michael Allen of Dalhousie University presented this webinar on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 and discussed their knowledge synthesis of the available evidence and clinical expert opinion to develop practice guidelines for prescribers and a decision aid to facilitate discussion about appropriate antidepressant use for LTC home residents with advanced frailty and/or dementia. 

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to mental health and older adults. 3 pages.

This site has an "open source" policy for sharing psychology tools which includes worksheets, audio and video files, scales & measures and therapist resources. One section is for professionals and a second for the public wanting information and tools for self-help. 

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