Preventing Depression in Older Adults

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When people think about staying fit, they generally think from the neck down. But brain health plays a large role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling—even sleeping. A healthy brain is important to managing stress and keeping independence as people age.
We know that depression is not a normal part of aging. We also know that while depression is treatable, it can be hard to overcome. Research has shown that about 15 percent of adults age 65 and older are depressed. But depression prevention is something we know little about.
Older adults face unique challenges that may increase their risk of becoming depressed. Chronic pain and disease, death of family and friends, declining physical abilities and financial strain are just some of the challenges faced by older adults.
A three-part study called iMANAGE (Independence, Managing Activities, No matter what AGE) is looking for participants for research studies that aim to prevent depression in older adults. If you are interested in more information about any of the studies listed, please call 412-246-6006. The studies are funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. There is no cost to join the studies, and participants will be paid for their time.

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