The purpose of the evaluation is to:
The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) is a self-rating depression screening scale for elderly populations. The GDS is specifically designed to screen and measure depression in older adults. It contains 30 forced-choice “yes” or “no” questions, a format that is helpful for individuals with cognitive dysfunction. Questions relate to how an individual has felt in a specified time frame. It takes five to seven minutes to complete the questionnaire.