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How Sad: The Geriatric Depression Scale Quiz
by Staff
Late-life depression is a growing health concern as Baby Boomers age and exhibit a higher incidence of mental health issues than previous generations. One well-known tool that screens older people for depression is the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), which has proven very effective in identifying people who need help. How much do you know about depression late in life? Take the quiz.

The Geriatric Depression Scale screens older people for depression. Which of these is NOT another depression screening tool?

  • Marshall Depression Evaluation
  • Zung Depression Rating Scale
  • Beck Depression Inventory

Geriatric Depression Scale questions are structured to be answered in what way?

  • multiple choice
  • yes or no
  • short essay

Who developed the Geriatric Depression Scale?

  • Dr. Jerome Yesavage
  • Dr. Drake Ramoray
  • Dr. Virginia Apgar

Women are more likely than men to experience depression by what percentage?

  • 50 percent
  • 70 percent
  • 85 percent

Which of these treatments has come back into vogue after proving effective in treating late-life depression?

  • electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • ice baths
  • lobotomy

According to the Administration on Aging, people older than 65 will make up what percentage of the U.S. population by 2030?

  • 12 percent
  • 19 percent
  • 24 percent

Late-life depression presents differently from depression in other stages of life in that it frequently results in:

  • executive dysfunction
  • disordered sleeping
  • rashes

Which of these statements is NOT true?

  • Depression is not a natural part of aging.
  • Depression is a normal reaction to being hospitalized for an illness.
  • Depression is a medical disorder requiring treatment.

Which of these groups is identified as being at a high risk for geriatric depression?

  • grandparents
  • members of the military
  • widows/widowers

How do aging Baby Boomers compare to previous generations when it comes to depression?

  • Aging Baby Boomers have a lower rate of late-life depression than previous generations.
  • Aging Baby Boomers have a rate of late-life depression comparable to that of previous generations.
  • Aging Baby Boomers have a higher rate of late-life depression than previous generations.

Which of these statements is true?

  • Older adults have higher suicide rates than any other age group.
  • Older adults have slightly lower suicide rates than teenagers.
  • Older adults have a low suicide rate as an age group, but they are more likely to be victims of accidental death.

According to one study, more than a third of older adults who committed suicide saw their doctor within what time frame?

  • a week before their death
  • a month before their death
  • a year before their death

What is the vascular depression hypothesis?

  • Cerebrovascular disease may predispose, precipitate or perpetuate depression in older people.
  • Depression is caused by abnormalities in heart valves.
  • Aging causes blood vessels to shrink, thereby affecting how serotonin travels through the brain.

Dr. Jerome Yesavage, developer of the Geriatric Depression Scale, is a professor at what university?

  • Yale
  • Harvard
  • Stanford

Which of these illnesses is NOT known for causing depression?

  • thyroid disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Lambert's neuropathy

Which of these drugs used to treat depression is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)?

  • fluoxetine
  • bupropion
  • trazodone

What is a common alternative treatment for depression?

  • snake venom
  • St. John's wort
  • Argan oil

The Geriatric Depression Scale is less effective at identifying depression in which group of older people?

  • those with dementia
  • those who have survived stroke
  • those with speech disorders

Depression affects approximately how many of the 31 million people in the U.S. who are older than 65?

  • 2 million
  • 5 million
  • 10 million

When was the short-form Geriatric Depression Scale developed?

  • 2009
  • 1996
  • 1986