Depression and low mood


The CASPER trial directly targets depression by identifying older people with symptoms of depression or low mood and offering brief, evidence-based psychological treatment delivered by specialist health workers, called case managers, over the telephone or face-to-face.
Dr Dean McMillan, co-investigator on the trial, helped to design the treatment programme. He points out:

“Depression is very common in older people and often goes untreated. People sometimes see unhappiness and clinical depression as an inevitable consequence of growing old. This is unfortunate as in many cases effective treatments exist. In the CASPER project we have developed a treatment that can be offered over the phone which directly targets depression in older people.”

If you are concerned about depression in later life, your own well-being or that of a family member or close friend, this Age UK leaflet (PDF  , 72kb)‌ may help.

“People sometimes see unhappiness and clinical depression as an inevitable consequence of growing old”
Dr Dean McMillan