May 13, 2013 · Bereavement in the elderly is a concern to primary care physicians (PCPs) as it can lead to psychological illness such as depression. Most people are able to come to terms with their grief without any intervention, but some people are not. This case highlights the importance of early recognition of Cited by: 3.
Mar 14, 1998 · Doctors are well acquainted with loss and grief. Of 200 consultations with general practitioners, a third were thought to be psychological in origin; of these, 55—a quarter of consultations overall—were identified as resulting from types of loss. 1 In order of frequency the types of loss included separations from loved others, incapacitation, bereavement, migration, relocation, job losses Cited by: 213.
Depression is another possibility after bereavement, especially after experiencing several losses. When depression strikes older people, though, its signs are sometimes brushed off as the result of cognitive or age-related changes. It's a worrisome fact that suicide risk spikes in older adults, especially among men.