‘Life review,’ a non-drug treatment for depression, helps older adults in 10-week trial

174 participants with a median age of 57 took part in a 10-week study that evaluated the effects of different treatments for depression in older adults. The participants were divided into three groups-- one who was asked to write about emotional experiences each day, one control group, and one that took part in a daily “life review” where they evaluated past experiences. The study found that while depression rates spiked at the midway point for the life review group, they were the lowest overall by a significant margin at the conclusion of the study.
Medcity News, May 7, 2014