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June 26, 2002

Depression in an Elderly Man

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(24):3210-3211. doi:10.1001/jama.287.24.3206

To the Editor: Dr Kroenke1 highlighted the problem of depression in older men. I have 2 additional suggestions for treatment. First, part of depression in the retired population stems from the common feeling of uselessness to society. I suggest that this patient get involved in a constructive activity such as playing in a community orchestra or working as a crossing guard or teacher's aide. Second, I would also give a monthly vitamin B12 injection.

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