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Thirty-one elderly depressive patients (diagnosed as suffering from depressive episode or recurrent depressive disorder according to LCD-10 diagnostic criteria for research) attending psychiatry O.P.D. or geriatric clinic at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (AIIMS) and thirty-one elderly nonpsychiatric patients, attending geriatric clinic at AIIMS were subjected to a semi structured interview to gather information regarding life events. It was found that the elderly depressed patients experienced significantly higher number of stressful life events as compared to the control group. The stressful life events were specifically more in the females, those with low ′per capita income′, and those who perceived crisis in the family.