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Original Article

Prevalence of Depression Among Geriatric Population in an Old Age Home in Kolkatahigh Time for us to Take Notice

Abantika Bhattacharya, Jhuma Sarkar, Baijayanti Baur

Keywords : Depression, Elderly, Old age home

Citation Information : Bhattacharya A, Sarkar J, Baur B. Prevalence of Depression Among Geriatric Population in an Old Age Home in Kolkatahigh Time for us to Take Notice. 2014; 17 (1):27-30.

DOI: 10.5005/EJP-17-1-27

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 13-10-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).


The objectives of the study were to determine the prevalence of depression in elderly population and also study the sociodemographic correlates of the depressive disorders among the elderly in an old age home in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It was cross sectional study performed on the elderly subjects of the said centre for 2 months period. A total of 227 elderly individuals of age group of 60 years and above, were interrogated: results were subjected to statistical analysis. Proportions and Chisquare tests were computed. The prevalence of depression in elderly population was determined to be 64.5%. The prevalence of depression in the age group of 80 years and above was found to be 83.3%, 75.3% among males and the highest was found among widowed/divorced/separated groups (95.8%).

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