Taking this finding into consideration, offering mental health practitioners strategies on how to properly assess and make referrals for depression in older adults during primary care visits is a key function of the book. The suggested strategies are rated with letter grades indicating their strength based on the relationship between the strategy and empirical evidence that supports its effectiveness, making it an efficient reference material. With medications allowing for people to live and work for longer period, treating depression and increasing functionality and quality of life are of primary importance to seniors and the economy. Fortunately, research studies from the prestigious World Psychiatric Association (WPA) have indicated that depression is older adults is treatable, with a high margin of success rates (Baldwin, Chiu, Katona, & Graham, 2002). The authors intend that this book be a helpful reference for mental health practitioners who treat seniors with depression, researchers, and anyone who seeks to expand their knowledge on the topic.
The "Guidelines on Depression in Older People: Practicing the Evidence" goes on to offer information pertaining to the specific ways in which depression manifests in older adults to aid practitioners in making more accurate diagnosis.