Aging Parents and Depression: Promising Research?

More than 2 million people 65 and older suffer from depression…The suicide rate among white men over 85 is the highest in the country

This data is from the 3-line first paragraph of an article in UCLA Medicine, the University of California at Los Angeles’s “medicine magazine”–summer 2011. Is this a shock to you? It was to me.

The article results from a UCLA research study, published in the on-line edition of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. It highlights tai chi’s success in “combatting” (my word) depression in the elderly.

UCLA ranks #2 in the US for geriatrics, so this study would seem to merit our attention. In addition, the director of UCLA’s Late-Life Depression, Stress and Wellness Research Program, said they “were encouraged by the results.”

The article is a quick, easy read; there’s no professional jargon. So paraphrasing it here is unnecessary–just click the link above. If you prefer to listen to a very short synopsis, the courtesy of the US Department of Health and Human Services, click

As we look for tools to help parents age well–especially if they are depressed–tai chi clearly holds promise.

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To link to the US News&World Report’s Best Hospitals 2011-2012 rankings (Mt. Sinai in NY ranks #1 in geriatrics), click the Sites and Blogs I Like tab above.