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PostSubject: NHS Neglects Elderly Depression   Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:25 am

Close to two million older people in England may be denied treatment because depression is wrongly seen as a natural part of getting older says a charity.

Age Concern found over 65s seeking help were often fobbed off, misdiagnosed or given inappropriate treatment. Doctors may prescribe drug when counselling would be more beneficial.

The charity Help the Aged said the government's upcoming Equality Bill should help address age discrimination within health services.

Fewer than 10% of older people with clinical depression are referred to specialist mental health services compared with about 50% of younger adults with mental and emotional problems. In some cases, GPs are unable to refer older people on to other parts of the NHS that could help them because of discriminatory rules excluding people over the age of 65.

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