Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Staying Golden Important Research to Treat Depression in Elderly

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Staying Golden Important Research to Treat Depression in Elderly

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One's golden years should be a period of peace and relaxation, but too many seniors struggle with depression and a related condition, dementia. The University of Pittsburgh is participating in a multicity study intended to bring more effective treatment to both. With the baby boomers aging, new insights can't come quickly enough.

Depression in seniors can be resistant to treatment, perhaps because age is a factor in how the brain responds to medication. The OPTIMUM study, involving Pitt and four other sites, combines medication therapy and regular follow-up, such as phone calls or visits, to determine which drugs work best.

The study targets people 60 and older whose depression persists even though they've taken at least two medications over at least 12 weeks. …

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