Zefat Academic College, Israel
Title: Depression statuses and related predictors in later life: A 10-year follow-up study in Israel
Rabia Khalaila is an expert in critical care nursing, worked for years in intensive care at Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem. He is also an expertise in Gerontology and is considered as one of the leading experts and researchers in Israel in gerontology, particularly, in the study of the Arab elderly population and their family caregivers. To this day he published more than 30 articles in leading journals in his fields. Today, he is a senior lecturer and head of the Department of Nursing Zefat Academic College, Israel.
The aim of the current study was to investigate the factors associated with depression statuses in a ten-year follow-up of community-dwelling older adults in Israel. Longitudinal data were used from the Israeli sample of the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe, assessing the depressive symptoms in 1,042 respondents, aged 50 or above, at three time points: 2004/2005 (Wave I); 2009/2010 (Wave II); and 2014/2015 (Wave III). Multinomial logistic regression was used to determine the relationships among explanatory variables and depression statuses (no depression, intermittent depression, or persistent depression). Some 46.5% of the participants suffered from intermittent or persistent depression. Five factors were associated with increasing the probability of both intermittent and persistent depression: being female, unemployed, less educated, physically disabled, and in poor health. Five other explanatory variables were associated only with a higher risk for persistent depression: low family income, widowhood, physical inactivity, more than two chronic diseases, and cognitive dysfunction. According to these findings, depression is common among older people in Israel.