Theme: Mental health and older adults
Mental health is consideration across the lifespan, from adolescence through late adulthood. This year, the World Health Organization has chosen to focus on “Mental health and older adults.” The need for mental health support in the United States is apparent. The American Psychological Association explains that,
“Approximately 20% of adults ages 55 and over suffer from a mental disorder, the most common being anxiety disorders (e.g., generalize anxiety and panic disorders), severe cognitive impairment (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease), and mood disorders (e.g., depression and bipolar disorder).”
Since most of us aspire to live happily and healthfully into late adulthood like the majority of the “Baby-Boomer” generation, it is important to consider strengthening the support networks available to older adults struggling with mental health challenges in the United States. Maintaining mental health while aging allows adults to maintain their physical health and their independence.
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