Background: Population aging is one of the most important trends of the 21st century. Evidence shows an increase in morbidity, hospitalization, mortality, and functional impairment associated with mental disorders in the elderly, in which depressive disorder is one of the most common mental disorders.
Objectives: This study aims to 1) describe the situation of depression and 2) analyze some associated factors in the elderly with depression in Chuong My district, Ha Noi, 2019. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 376 elderly people (aged 60 years and older) who were randomly selected in Chuong My district, Ha Noi, 2019.
Results: The results show that the prevalence of elderly people with depression was 26.1% (18.6% of mild depression, 6.1% of moderate depression and 2.4% of severe depression). Factors associated with depression in the elderly including gender, education level, family economy, living arrangement, current job, the need for psychological support and participation in social activities were statistically significant (p< 0.05).
Conclusion: Recognizing depression among the elderly is crucial to help us design public health programs. Proper screening for early depression, enhancing social supports and increasing accessibility to the mental health services may improve the mental life of the elderly.