Haddad, M. (2009). Mental health and older people. In: R. Newell & K. Gournay (Eds.), Mental Health Nursing: An evidence-based approach. (pp. 288-321). Churchill-Livingston. ISBN 9780443074516
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- Demographic changes in industrialised societies are producing a rising proportion of older people.
- Optimising older people’s quality of life health is an increasingly important priority for health professionals, governments, and society as a whole.
- There is an overarching need to create a future ‘society for all ages’.
- People are living an increasing proportion of their lives in the years following their normal employment; this ‘third age’ is potentially a time of fulfilment as well as new achievement.
- However, factors such as poverty, isolation, disability, and loss of loved ones are more prevalent among older people and increase the risk of mental health problems.
- The oldest-old are the fastest increasing population segment in industrialised countries and are particularly vulnerable to physical and psychological health problems.
- Dementia, depression, anxiety and delirium are the commonest mental problems among older people.
- Mental disorders interact with existing disabilities to further reduce function and quality of life.
- The rate of suicide worldwide is higher among older people than any other age group and depression is its most important cause.
- Mental health problems are less likely to be detected and treated among older people than other age groups.
- There are effective interventions for most mental disorders experienced by older persons, but less than 1 in 10 depressed older person receives treatment.
- Age related discrimination remains an important source of poor care and reduced quality of life.
- The challenge to create conditions conducive to active and healthy ageing is a vital priority for governments, institutions and civil society. This will involve developing a sustainable mix of various forms of care for older persons including formal and informal care.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry|
|Divisions:||School of Health Sciences|
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