Most depressed homebound older adults prefer psychotherapy to pharmacotherapy 26 27 perhaps because only the former can teach skills to cope with their multiple chronic medical conditions disability social isolation and limited financial resources 28 29. Late life depression has become increasingly prevalent among older adults this book presents guidelines to help enable aging and social service programs to establish a mental health education and screening program focused on late life depression. Mtgec screening for depression in older adults page 1 of 57 mna ce expiration date 10 9 2017 montana geriatric education center instructions on completing the module screening for depression in older adults the results of the assessments and evaluations are confidential and the data is used to meet requirements of our federally funded grant. Depression screening is not a perfect science rhee said we need to continue to work together to improve accuracy and utility of existing depression screening tools and update existing screening guidelines to provide the best available quality of care for older adults. Depression in older adults 65 years and older is associated with emotional suffering increases in health expenditures morbidity higher risk of suicide and mortality from other causes 1 9 depression is common and remains a significant problem for older adults 1 10 11 major depression was identified by the world health organization as
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