|Title:||Depression among a group of elders in Alexandria, Egypt|
|Authors:||El Kady, H.M.|
|Abstract:||Depression is projected to be the leading cause of disease burden in older populations by the year 2020. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence depression among a group of elders in Alexandria, Egypt and compare the characteristic of elders in 3 different settings. A descriptive, cross-sectional study was carried out among 100 people aged 60+ years in a government elderly home, an internal medicine ward in Alexandria Main University Hospital and a slum area In Alexandria. Based on the Geriatric Depression Scale [short form] the highest prevalence of scores that were suggestive or indicative of depression was among elders who were hospitalized [79.0%], had ophthalmic diseases [85.7%] or tumours [80.0%], had 2+ chronic morbidities [64.9%], were taking 4+ medications daily [83/3%], were more physically dependent and had had 2+ hospital admissions in the last 3 years [90.9%]. Modifiable factors that impact on depression need to be considered in developing interventions for improving mood states in the elderly|
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