How Much Do You Know About Late-Life Depression?
Choose only one answer per question


  1. How does late-life depression differ from depression at younger ages?
    a it lasts longer
    b it isn't as severe
    c it overlaps with other health problems
    d a and c

  2. Which of these symptoms may occur?
    a hyperactivity
    b loss of sleep
    c hallucinations
    d all of the above

  3. Late-life depression is associated with a high suicide rate. Which age group is most vulnerable to this threat?
    a 60 to 64
    b 65 to 69
    c 70 to 74
    d 75 and older

  4. Which of these are risk factors for depression as you age?.
    a loss of key support system
    b being female
    c being male
    d all of the above

  5. Why is depression a more serious threat late in life?
    a more expensive to treat
    b often goes untreated
    c increases risk of other illnesses
    d b and c

  6. Why are psychotherapy and support groups especially helpful for this age group?
    a minimizes risk of drug side effects
    b encourages social interaction
    c less expensive
    d a and b

  7. While antidepressants may be effective in many age groups, they're riskier for older patients. What problem might arise?
    a blood pressure drops
    b rapid heartbeat
    c depressed breathing rate
    d hearing affected

  8. Once diagnosed, what percent of clinically depressed, late-life patients can be effectively helped?
    a 80 percent
    b 75 percent
    c 50 percent
    d 35 percent

  9. Which of these tends to characterize late-life depression?
    a occurs without obvious triggers
    b occurs in rapid cycles
    c moderate in intensity
    d all of the above

  10. Of those who could be diagnosed as clinically depressed, how many seek treatment?
    a 90 percent
    b 75 percent
    c 50 percent
    d 30 percent