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Introduction: Depression is a common public health issuewith the increasing life expectancy worldwide and depression is associated withmorbidity as well as disability among the elderly. There are very few studiesrelated with depression among elderly from developing countries. Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of depression and itscorrelates among the elderly living in Briddashram old age home. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study carried out in 2012. Data were collected byface-to-face interview using short version of Geriatric Depression Scale. Thedata were analyzed using percentage, mean, simple correlation and regression.Results: The subjects N = 185 were elderly aged 60 years and above livingin Devghat area, Nepal. Mean age of the subjects was 73.67 ±3.23 years oldand 51% were male. 94% elderly belong to Khas ethnicity. Nearly one third 31%elderly were from nuclear family back ground, 25% were married, and only 18%elderly were literate. Majority of the elderly 93% had health problems andself reported health shows 86% elderly reported their health fair. This studyshows mean functional disability score was 2.53 ±2.05. Finding shows the prevalence of depression was 57.8%. Among them 46.7% had mild, 8.9% had moderate and2.2% had severe depression. A statistically significant correlation was foundbetween feelings of depression and age, sex, previous family type, ethnicity,feeling of loneliness and instrumental activities of daily living. Regressionanalysis shows that being women, feeling of loneliness and higher thedependency in IADL were predictors of depression. Conclusion: This studyindicates that many elderly living in the Briddashram are suffering fromdepression. There should be some interruption from the concerned authoritiesso that depression can be reduced which will support to the well-being andquality of life of elderly.

KEYWORDS

Depression; Elderly; Briddashram; Old Age Home; Nepal

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Chalise, H. 2014 Depression among elderly living in Briddashram old age home. Advances in Aging Research, 3, 6-11. doi: 10.4236-aar.2014.31002.





Autor: Hom Nath Chalise

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