Organizations That Help with Information About Depression and Dysphagia

(11/27/16)- We at therubins recently received the following email from Imani Thompson about creating a link to“Caring for Adults with Dysphagia”. We apologize to Imani for the delay in posting this link and thank Imani for taking the time to send the article on to us.

From: Imani Thompson <>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:39:47 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Caring for Aging Adults with Dysphagia

Hi Harold,

I’m following up on my previous email concerning Speech@NYU’s

 recent article titled, Caring for Aging Adults with Dysphagia, which further expounds on the realities of dysphagia. This article consist of potential treatment options, information on how to identify warning signs and help to preserve the quality of life.

Dysphagia is sometimes referred to as an “invisible disorder” because it cannot be detected by the human eye. But despite its invisibility, dysphagia has many devastating physical and emotional effects such as chronic choking, depression, malnutrition, isolation and sometimes life-threatening bacterial infections.

Would you be interested in sharing this content as a resource on your site? We would love your support as we raise awareness for dysphagia. 

Thank you and I look forward to hearing your thoughts!


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(5/18/16)- It is estimated that more than 5 million Americans age 65 or older suffer from serious symptoms of depression. Unfortunately the rate of suicides amongst older Americans is rising markedly. Many of us brush off depression in the elderly as a "natural" occurrence, and this is a big mistake. Depression increases the likelihood that a serious physical ailment will worsen. The classic symptoms for depression in the elderly include periods of deep melancholy and a lack of willingness to participate in activities that were previously so enjoyable to the older person. It often seems as if the older person has a total disinterest in doing anything at all. Irritability and apathy seem to pervade most of the time.

Other signs of depression may include a loss of appetite and an increase in memory loss. Another sign may be the desire to be alone and not to be "bothered" by having company around. The ability to get a good night's sleep may be impaired resulting in the individual dozing off frequently during the daylight hours.

Treating depression in the elderly is more complicated than it is in a younger person. Adverse reactions to anti-depressants are much more common in older persons. Since most older people are on some kind of drugs the doctor must be alert to the possibility of adverse reactions that might ensue as a result of the drug combination. Remember that depression is a medical illness, and should not be ignored.

Refer to our Articles: Depression in the Elderly Caused by Medical Disorders and also Depression in the Elderly: Late Onset in Life

We at therubins recently received this e-mail from Ryan Kelly. We want to thank Ryan for passing this site onto us, which might be quite helpful to our viewers.

Hi Allan,
I hope you had a nice weekend. I know this is a very busy time of year, but have you had the time to check out the suicide prevention guide I sent your way last week?If not, no worries, you can check it out again here:
Will you help us support current and prospective students by including this next to your other helpful resources
I hope to hear from you soon.
Hi Allan
I hope your week has been going well. I was on your site recently and I noticed that you provide some great suicide awareness resources for your online community here:http


My team and I at Affordable College Online recently released a similar guide titled, "Suicide Prevention in College". The guide includes suicide warning signs, college campus suicide prevention resources and resources to help protect students from depression.
You can check out the entire guide here:
Will you help us support students suffering from depression by including these next to your other helpful resources? I hope to hear from you soon
Ryan Kelly
Director of Communications
Affordable Colleges Online
About us: Affordable Colleges Online provides community resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. You can write to us at P.O. Box 77022, San Francisco, CA 94107 or visit our privacy policy. If you do not wish to receive affordable college education resources, please visit us here: This message is intended for audiences in the United States only; if this email has reached anyone outside of the United States, please let us know and we will remove you from our sending list. 

The following organizations can provide helpful information about the detection and treatment of depression for people of all ages:


200 North Glebe Road
Suite 1015
Arlington, Va.22203


730 North Franklin St.

Suite 501
Chicago, Ill. 60610


P.O. Box 2257
New York, N.Y. 10116


5600 Fishers Lane
Suite 7C-02
Rockville, Md. 20857

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updated November 27. 2016