Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) as Indicator of Prevalence of Depression in a Rural Elderly Population

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Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) act as an indicator of prevalence of depression in a rural elderly population. The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) is a 30-item self-report assessment used to identify depression in the elderly. The scale was first developed in 1982 by J.A. Yesavage.

Know more about the major depression in elderly people due to financial insecurity, loneliness and growing old age. The study has revealed that those who are economically independent settled in a joint family are not prone to geriatric depression. Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) act as an indicator of prevalence of depression. The mean GDS scores among elderly in Himachal Pradesh is lower indicating a lower prevalence of depression as compared to studies conducted across different parts of world. This could be because joint family norm is still the predominant form of family setting in Himachal Pradesh which helps prevent loneliness and compensates for economic insecurity among elders.

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