Mental health and quality of life of older americans the state of mental health and aging in america the world health organization defines health as a state of complete physical mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity 1 because mental health is essential to overall health and. How can we better meet the mental health needs of elderly patients in his book healthcare reboot michael j dowling points to the divide between psychiatry and primary care as a major issue . Get the facts on mental illness in the elderly during mental health awareness month mental illness in the elderly did you know that about 20 of adults aged 55 or older have experienced some type of mental health concern but nearly one in three of those seniors do not receive treatment. Getting older and retirement both involve a change in lifestyle for most people and its important to take care of your mental health as well as physical health theres an assumption that mental health problems are a normal aspect of ageing but most older people dont develop mental health . Mental health problems are under identified by health care professionals and older people themselves and the stigma surrounding these conditions makes people reluctant to seek help risk factors for mental health problems among older adults there may be multiple risk factors for mental health problems at any point in life
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