Author Affiliation: Program in Geriatrics and Neuropsychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.
Long predicted age-demographic shifts are now a reality. The "graying"
of the US population will accelerate in the next few years as the first cohorts
of the baby boom generation reach the chronological milestones traditionally
used to define older age. So it is appropriate that increased attention be
paid to improving the quality of life for seniors. The article by Ciechanowski
et al1 in the current issue of THE JOURNAL
and a recently published article by Bruce et al2 do
just that by presenting findings from effectiveness trials for depression
in the elderly. These studies represent important advances and warrant consideration
of their broader context.
Lyness JM. Treatment of Depressive Conditions in Later LifeReal-World Light for Dark (or Dim) Tunnels. JAMA. 2004;291(13):1626-1628. doi:10.1001/jama.291.13.1626