Warding Off Elder Depression Through Face-to-Face Contact

Oct 2, 2015

Isolation is a major concern for older people. 

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Having friends move away or die can often leave seniors with few people to talk to on a regular basis. 

And there's evidence that isolation leads to depression. 

The evidence is collected and amplified by a new survey that shows depressive symptoms increase as face-to-face contacts with other people decrease. 

Oregon Health & Science University's Dr. Alan Teo, an assistant professor of psychiatry, is the lead author of the study. 

Dr. Teo joins us with the findings.