Depression is a mental issue characterized by loss of interest in things and activities, persistent low moods, reduced energy, and neurovegetative disturbance leading to social dysfunction and varying occupational levels. Depression can be classified based on the number of symptoms, severity, duration, and degree of functional impairment. Depression can come slowly with time or be triggered by a major loss just like the way Mrs. Roberts became depressed after the death of her husband. Many people have developed the symptoms of depression at some point in their lives. Depression ranges from minor to major problems, life-threatening health issues (Alexopoulos et al., 2014). Fortunately, depression is treatable through several tools like the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) Tool.
Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) Tool
The home-based geriatric assessment has been an effective form of treatment when it comes to reducing mortality, preventing institutionalization and improving functional status. However, the hospital performed CGA specifically in dedicated units has also been effective.
Depression is a treatable mental issue that affects the mood and makes a person lose interest in the thing he or she once valued. The assessment of depression can be done through several tools. Among the tools used in the treatment of depression is the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment tool. The geriatric assessment is used in the treatment of geriatric conditions like functional impairment that Mrs. Roberts was suffering from due to her depression. Performing the geriatric assessment helps a health professional or an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary treating a person with the geriatric conditions to manage the conditions and delay, prevent or treat their complications.
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