New report on depression in residential aged care

New research released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that 52% of all permanent aged care residents in 2012 displayed symptoms of depression.

The report titled ‘Depression in Residential Aged Care 2008-2012’ shows that 49% of newly admitted residents born in a non-English speaking country displayed symptoms of depression, compared with 44% of newly admitted residents born in Australia. The report also shows that people for whom English is not their preferred language are more likely to have symptoms of depression than those who speak English as a preferred language.

The report acknowledges that recognising depression in older people is often difficult and it is commonly under-diagnosed and under-treated in both residential care and in the community.

The full report can be access here: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129544869