Between 1998 and 2008, the rate of depression found in adults over 50 has declined. This reduction has been the largest among the elderly, with the most pronounced difference in 80-84 year-old adults. This is a positive development, considering that late life-depression has been a large concern among health-care providers, with patients potentially facing the death of loved ones, isolation, medical problems, and economic difficulty. However, adults aged 55-59, a group that hasn’t traditionally be considered an at-risk group for depression, is an exception to this trend, as their rates have increased.
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