n African Journal of Psychiatry - The sad truth about depression in the elderly : patients as partners - brought to you by The South African Depression and Anxiety Group




Sitting alone in a big armchair, Val is not the woman she used to be. Head bowed, eyes glassy, she dozes, seemingly unaware of her guests and her surroundings. She'll be 95 in a few weeks and her isolation and silence are seen as ''only natural for a woman of her age''. But are they?


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