Depressive Symptoms Increase Past Age 65

Depression Common in Final Year of Life
Depression Common in Final Year of Life
New medical conditions, especially chronic ones, and the approach of death factored into the rising depression rate.

New research challenges the notion that older people are happier than younger people. In the study, Australian researcher Dr. Helena Chui found people get more depressed from age 65 onwards.

The findings by Chui, a lecturer at the University of Bradford, have been published in the international journal Psychology and Aging. Chui’s conclusions build on a 15-year project observing over 2,000 older Australians living in the Adelaide area.

Previous studies have shown an increase in depressive symptoms with age but only until the age of 85. This is the first study to examine the issue beyond that age.

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