The Canadian Club of Halton Peel and the Federation of University Women Oakville hosted speaker Dr. Anne Braun, Associate Clinical Professor in the departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at McMaster University, who shared her views about “Depression in the Elderly – Why Should You Care.” The turn-out for Dr. Brown would suggest that there are a great number of people who are dealing with the issues and who certainly care about the seniors in our aging population, often family members.
Early in her medical training, Dr. Braun noticed that older patients accepted chronic illness and depression as normal aspects of the aging process. This attitude, together with a reluctance by older generations and many cultures not to talk about the subject, has resulted in incidents of depression being under-diagnosed and under-treated. Depression is not a normal consequence of aging and, once diagnosed, it can be treated effectively.
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Dr. Braun suggested five questions to ask to help diagnose depression in your loved ones:
• Are you basically satisfied with your life?
• Do you often get bored?
• Do you often feel hopeless?
• Do you prefer to stay at home rather than going out and trying new things?
• Do you feel pretty worthless the way you are now?
Diagnosis of depression may be easily missed resulting in inappropriate and ineffective treatment, adding increased anxiety to the patients and, if left untreated, adding enormous health care costs to our system. According to Dr. Braun, “It is important to remember that depression is not a normal consequence of aging and is treatable.”
Over the years, Dr. Braun has been involved in research related to a multitude of geriatric conditions including dementia, osteoporosis and late onset psychiatric disturbances in the elderly. She has held multiple positions of leadership in various hospitals in the Central West Region of Ontario. Currently Dr. Braun is Medical Director of Geriatric Medicine and Complex Continuing Care at the Brantford General Hospital and Brant Community Health System. She is also a consultant geriatrician for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton for the Outreach Program in the Niagara Region, as well as a consultant for Hamilton Health Sciences.
The Canadian Club of Halton Peel meets once a month September through April to hear talented and informative speakers share their thoughts on a wide variety of subjects and to enjoy a delicious dinner and evening with friends at the Oakville Conference Centre on Wyecroft Road in Oakville.
Thursday January 24th 2013, Andre Picard, Public Health Reporter with the Globe and Mail, will present his views on “The Path to Healthcare Reform: Challenges & Opportunities”.
For information about the Canadian Federation of University Women Oakville, visit their web-site at www.cfuwoakville.ca
For information about the January 24th 2013 meeting and to learn more about the Canadian Club of Halton Peel, call Barry Wylie, President, Canadian Club of Halton Peel at 905-827-6302.