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The Blues: Not a Normal Part of Aging, a Community Forum at LHS

A free community forum on senior depression titled The Blues: Not a Normal Part of Aging at Lakewood Health System will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. on June 24 at the Main Campus. Family members, caregivers, clergy, older adults -- everyone is welcome to attend.

"Clinical depression is a serious issue for adults over age 65 in the U.S.," said Corrie Brown, community outreach coordinator at Lakewood Reflections, Lakewood's Senior Behavioral Health Program. "But less than one-third of all depressed people actually seek treatment. This is tragic, because we know that more than 80 percent of people with depression respond favorably to treatment, regaining joy, well-being and purpose in their lives," said Brown.

Each year, more than 17 million Americans will suffer from clinical depression. The population over age 65 accounts for about 20 percent of the nation's suicides -- many as a result of untreated clinical depression.

"This program will help older adults, family members and caregivers recognize that depression is a very treatable illness," said Brown.

The Blues: Not a Normal Part of Aging will cover the myths, symptoms and treatment of depression in older adults. A free, confidential depression screening will be offered to interested participants.

For more information about The Blues: Not a Normal Part of Aging, please call Corrie Brown at (218) 296-1446.