Older adult services
Normal aging is not characterized by mental disorders. Mental or substance use disorders should be recognized and treated. Stressful life events, such as declining health and/or the loss of mates, family or friends increase with age. However, persistent bereavement or serious depression is not normal and should be treated.
Disability due to mental illness in individuals over 65 years old will become a major public health problem in the near future because of demographic changes. In particular, dementia and depression present special problems in this age group:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
There are effective interventions for most mental disorders experienced by older persons, and many mental health problems, such as bereavement.