Length of Institutional Care and Depression: A Study of the Elderly

Ashley Coverly Indiana Wesleyan University, Brittney Hamrick Indiana Wesleyan University, Bethany Fletcher Indiana Wesleyan University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Katti Sneed Indiana Wesleyan University
Depression is a major social problem amongst a large portion of the United States. This issue affects all ages, especially the elderly who are in nursing home facilities. There is a growing number of elderly people in the US and the need for services for this population is growing as well. People in our communities scrutinize institutional care in this day and age, however, more and more aging adults are placed in nursing homes. Depression, contrary to population belief is not a normal part of aging. It can be caused, in part, by numerous aspects of life such as loneliness. Depression is a risk factor for suicide, and elderly carry the highest suicide rates. The quantitative study seeks to understand to what extent a relationship is present between how long elderly have been receiving institutional care and their depression score as measured by the Geriatric Depression Scale-15. Elderly from in three different residential care facilities in Marion, Indiana consist of the sampling population. Results from this study will allow for a greater understanding of the importance of social milieu within nursing home facilities. Nursing homes need to develop programs to meet the growing needs of their residents in all areas of life.
Sociology
Oral Presentation

When & Where

01:45 PM
Jordan Hall 203