Weigh Antidepressant Options for Older Patients
Depression in adults age 60 and older is often underrecognized and undertreated...and may be mislabeled as aging, grief, dementia, etc.
Recommend psychotherapy first if practical for milder depression...and encourage simple steps such as socialization and exercise.
Start an antidepressant if needed. Tailor your choice based on comorbidities, side effects, interactions, and the Beers Criteria of high-risk meds in the elderly.