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Treatment of Depressive Conditions in Later Life:  Real-World Light for Dark (or Dim) Tunnels

Jeffrey M. Lyness, MD
JAMA. 2004;291(13):1626-1628. doi:10.1001/jama.291.13.1626.
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Long predicted age-demographic shifts are now a reality. The "graying" of the US population will accelerate in the next few years as the first cohorts of the baby boom generation reach the chronological milestones traditionally used to define older age. So it is appropriate that increased attention be paid to improving the quality of life for seniors. The article by Ciechanowski et al1 in the current issue of THE JOURNAL and a recently published article by Bruce et al2 do just that by presenting findings from effectiveness trials for depression in the elderly. These studies represent important advances and warrant consideration of their broader context.

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