Managing Depression Exacerbated by the Pandemic | Drug News | Mar 2021
March 2021 | Drug Information and News for Health Care Providers | View PDF
In Canada, major depression occurs in up to 44% of older adults living in residential care settings.1 Furthermore, the fear of illness and social isolation during COVID-19 has impacted the mental health of older adults living in these settings. The table below outlines characteristics of medications used for depression in older adults.
- WHO. Depression. 2020. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression. Accessed February 4, 2021.
- Canadian Institute for Health Information. Depression among seniors in residential care. 2010. https://secure.cihi.ca/free_products/ccrs_depression_among_seniors_e.pdf. Accessed January 22, 2021.
- MacQueen GM, Frey BN, Ismail Z, et al. Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT) 2016 clinical guidelines for the management of adults with major depressive disorder: Section 6. Special populations: youth, women and the elderly. Can J Psychiatry 2016;61(9):588-603.
- Geri-RxFiles. Assessing medications in older adults. 3rd Edition. 2019.
- Marvanova M, McGrane IR. Treatment Approach and Modalities for Management of Depression in Older People. Sr Care Pharm 2021;36:11-21.