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Mental health: how nurses can spot the first signs of depression in older people

Terms such as ‘feeling low’ or ‘ out of sorts’ could be used to express anxiety

The pandemic has left many older people feeling anxious and lacking motivation, and nurses need to routinely check-in on their mental health as well as their physical health

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected older people’s mental health?

Age UK clinical lead Lesley Carter says research by the charity shows the impact of the pandemic on older people’s mental health.

‘Older people have told us they are feeling more anxious, are scared to leave their homes, and are experiencing low mood and depression,’ she says. ‘Some older people have lost motivation to do the things they used to enjoy, while others are now beginning to self-neglect by not eating properly, washing or taking care of themselves.’

She adds that


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