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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.


  1. WHO. Depression. 2020. Accessed February 4, 2021.
  2. Canadian Institute for Health Information. Depression among seniors in residential care. 2010. Accessed January 22, 2021.
  3. 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.
  4. Geri-RxFiles. Assessing medications in older adults. 3rd Edition. 2019.
  5. Marvanova M, McGrane IR. Treatment Approach and Modalities for Management of Depression in Older People. Sr Care Pharm 2021;36:11-21.

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