The Family & Life Enhancement Series


(Short Form Version ) Yesavage Geriatric Depression Scale




The Yesavage Geriatric Depression Scale was developed as a basic screening measure for depression in older adults. If you score highly on this test, we strongly advise you to review the results with your doctor or other health care professional.

Choose the best answer for how you have felt over the past week:
1. Are you basically satisfied with your life? Yes No
2. Have you dropped many of your activities & interests? Yes No
3. Do you feel that your life is empty? Yes No
4. Do you often get bored? Yes No
5. Are you in good spirits most of the time? Yes No
6. Are you afraid that something bad is going to happen to you? Yes No
7. Do you feel happy most of the time? Yes No
8. Do you often feel helpless? Yes No
9. Do you prefer to stay at home, rather than going out & doing a few things? Yes No
10. Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most? Yes No
11. Do you think it is wonderful to be alive now? Yes No
12. Do you feel pretty worthless the way you are now? Yes No
13. Do you feel full of energy? Yes No
14. Do you feel that you situation is hopeless? Yes No
15. Do you think that most people are better off than you are? Yes No

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