Wednesday, 20 August 2003: 15:45-17:15
Superior Room (Sheraton Hotel and Towers)

S074 Late-Life Depression and Co-existing Conditions

Recognition, diagnosis and implementation of treatment of depression in the elderly is often complicated by co-existing medical conditions. Frequently these individuals seek medical assistance for somatic symptoms and fail to recognize affective problems. Perceptions of individuals, family members and even some medical personnel that depression is normal in the aging process further challenges the health care team. The symposium faculty will discuss medical illness as a risk factor for depression and depression as a risk factor for medical illness. Emphasis will be placed on the health consequences of depression and evolving elements of treatment, including integrated treatment models with primary care and psychosocial factors that influence pharmacological response, as well as emerging possibilities for prevention. In addition, the faculty will present arguments for new approaches to diagnostic and treatment measurements that are valid across co-morbidities and contexts.
Chair:Ira Katz
 S074-001 Depression as a Drug Side Effect
Ira Katz
 S074-002 Preventing Depression and Disability in Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Barry Rovner
 S074-003 Relationship of Depression to Medical Illness
Joseph Gallo

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