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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.

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helpingDisability 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:

There are effective interventions for most mental disorders experienced by older persons, and many mental health problems, such as bereavement.