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September 27, 2000

The Challenge of Depression in Late Life: Bridging Science and Service in Primary Care

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

JAMA. 2000;284(12):1570-1572. doi:10.1001/jama.284.12.1570

There is an ongoing and unprecedented worldwide demographic transformation—the aging of the world's peoples. In the United States, the proportion of adults 85 years or older is growing so rapidly that in a few decades, 1 in 4 persons older than 65 years will be among the oldest old.1 At the same time, the aged are becoming more ethnically diverse. Whether future cohorts of older persons will exhibit less disability than the current cohort can be debated, but there can be little doubt that global aging carries profound implications for social, economic, and health policy.