Nashville tests program to help seniors with depression

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville is one of two test sites for a campaign that aims to get seniors suffering from depression to seek help.

Experts say seniors are at serious risk for depression because they are likely to experience traumatic events, such as the death of family and friends and serious health problems.

White men who are 85 and older have the highest suicide rate of any group.

Dr. Gary J. Kennedy is a board member of the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, which is conducting the depression awareness campaign in Nashville and Baltimore.

Kennedy said symptoms of depression such as changes in sleep patterns, indecisiveness and losing interest in activities are too often written off as normal parts of aging.

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