Geriatrics and Mental Health

Globally, the population is ageing rapidly. Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will nearly double, from 12% to 22%. Mental health and well-being are as important in older age as at any other time of life. Mental and neurological disorders among older adults account for 6.6% of the total disability (DALYs) for this age group. Approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder. Over 20% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental or neurological disorder (excluding headache disorders) and 6.6% of all disability (disability adjusted life years-DALYs) among people over 60 years is attributed to mental and neurological disorders. These disorders in older people account for 17.4% of Years Lived with Disability (YLDs). The most common mental and neurological disorders in this age group are dementia and depression, which affect approximately 5% and 7% of the world’s older population, respectively. Anxiety disorders affect 3.8% of the older population, substance use problems affect almost 1% and around a quarter of deaths from self-harm are among people aged 60 or above. Substance abuse problems among older people are often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Geriatric mental health gave to the investigation of ageing and the arrangement of clinical administrations for older adults. Psychologists play a critical role in addressing these needs by treating the mental and behavioural health problems of older adults. Connect to Gerontology Conferences.

  • Psychogeriatrics
  • Sleep medicine
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Psychiatric Emergencies
  • Delusions and Hallucinations
  • Psychological Aspects in Elderly
  • PTSD/Trauma and Aging
  • Mental Health Treatment
  • Cognitive and Emotional Aging

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