Introduction – introductory statement and outline purpose of the assignment (200)Elderly peoplehow to recognize the symptoms of depression, what measures can be taken About 90% of older people who attempt or complete suicide have a mental disorder, which often has been inadequately treated, loneliness is one of the factors that contribute to suicide. Educational programs are required to improve the recognition and treatment of depression in primary care.A couple of years ago, the American Psychological Association (APA) saw fit to issue a resource document on the connections between depression and suicide in older adults, reminding us that depression and suicide are major public health issues (AFA,2009).depression continues to be one of the most common mental disorder experienced by older people. Depression is also associated with suicide: older adults have the highest rates of suicide of any age group, and mostly, are older men. The incidence of both depression and dementia increase exponentially with age and these conditions have become more common in the older population with increasing life expectancy  \cite{Stanner_2009}.Depression can affect different people in different ways but is often characterized by feelings of sadness, emotional and social withdrawal and a lack of energy, which can affect an individual’s ability to cope with everyday activities.The impact of depression in older adulthood is extensive—it is associated with considerable patient and caregiver burden, substantial public health costs, and an increased risk of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease\cite{Diniz2013}.the relationship between loneliness and depression status in older adults6,7 suggests social activities may provide a particularly useful avenue for alleviating or preventing depression in this population\cite{Golden2009}