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Number of older adults who experience depression

About 7 million older adults experience depression.

National Council on Aging, Fact Sheet, Health Aging, 2014; 2014. http://www.ncoa.org/assets/files/pdf/FactSheet_HealthyAging.pdf. Accessed July 2, 2015

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  • Today's Older Population

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