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Date:5/18/2010

ns of depression or suicidal thoughts, suggest he or she speak with the primary care physician to get a depression assessment. And, be sure you let someone at the facility know what's going on, recommended Podgorski.

"People think that they're alone, but they need to realize that other people have these feelings also," said Podgorski. "If you're depressed, you can't always remember how you used to problem-solve, so it's important to talk to others. Find out how they deal with feelings of hopelessness."

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Learn more about depression in nursing home residents from the American Geriatric Society's Foundation for Health in Aging.



SOURCES: Carol Podgorski, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.; Gary Kennedy, M.D., director, division of geriatric psychiatry, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City; May 18, 2010, PLoS Medicine, online


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