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Let There Be Light

By Erika Hoffman, Staff Writer

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Geriatric Depression Scale

Answers indicating depression are highlighted. Each BOLD-FACED answer counts one (1) point. A score greater than 5 is indicative of probable depression.

Question Response

1

Are you basically satisfied with your life? Yes/NO

2

Have you dropped many of your activities and interests? YES/No

 3

Do you feel happy most of the time? Yes/NO

4

Do you prefer to stay in your room/facility, rather than going out and doing new things?
YES/No
If none of the above responses suggests depression, STOP HERE.  If any of the above responses suggests depression ask questions 5-14.

 5   

Do you feel that your life is empty? YES/No

6

Do you often get bored? YES/No
7

Are you in good spirits most of the time?

Yes/NO
8

Are you afraid that something bad is going to happen to you?

YES/No
9

Do you often feel helpless?

YES/No
10

Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most people do?

YES/No
11

Do you think it is wonderful to be alive?

Yes/NO
12

Do you feel full of energy?

Yes/NO
13

Do you feel that your situation is hopeless?

YES/No
14

Do you think that most people are better off than you?

YES/No
 
SCORE
 

 

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