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Depression in old age: “Many patients have fundamentally changed their lives at the age of 80”

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Depression in old age: “Many patients have fundamentally changed their lives at the age of 80”

I still had value until I retired. Forugh Salimi Dafsari often hears such sentences. She treats people with depression in old age. How does she get them out of resignation?

March 2, 2024, 6:29 p.m

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Depressive illnesses have increased significantly among people over 60 years of age, health insurance data shows. However, they are overlooked even more often in this age group than in younger people – and are often treated incorrectly or not at all. Forugh Salimi Dafsari is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and founded Germany’s first special outpatient clinic for geriatric depression at the University Hospital of Cologne in 2017.

TIME ONLINE: Ms. Dafsari, what have you learned about the mental health of elders since you founded your clinic?

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