Written for patients and family members, this book deals with the toll depression takes on physical health, essentially accelerating the aging process, bringing on or worsening age-related health problems such as stroke, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. It offers readers practical guidance for prevention and treatment.
Gary S. Moak, M.D. is a past president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and 2011 recipient of its clinician-of-the-year award. He is a practicing geriatric psychiatrist with over 30 years experience treating older adults with a wide range of psychiatric and behavioral problems related to diseases of aging. Dr. Moak is assistant professor of psychiatry at the Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth, where he serves as Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry at the New Hampshire Hospital. In addition to his clinical work with older adults and their families, Dr. Moak is a clinical educator. He teaches medical students and doctors in training, in psychiatry and primary care medicine, about mental health and aging and the treatment of late-life mental health problems. Dr. Moak regularly speaks to audiences of older adults and members of their families about mental health and aging.