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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Older Adults With Mental and Emotional Problems

Older Adults With Mental and Emotional Problems

(p.129) 11 Older Adults With Mental and Emotional Problems
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Zvi D. Gellis

Oxford University Press

The changing demographics of American society have received a great deal of attention in recent years. As the population ages, the overall number of elderly persons with mental disorders, particularly anxiety and mood disorders, will increase. Older adults with mental health problems are likely to have relatively longer life spans in the future due to expected advances in treatments and healthier aging lifestyles. Mental health problems will demand more attention from providers in order to minimize their effects on disability, the use of health care services, and the quality of life for older adults and caregivers. This chapter presents the current state of knowledge on mental disorders of late life (mental disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders), focusing on prevalence, consequences, and effective evidence-based treatments.

Keywords:   mental disorders, aging, elderly, social work practice, mental health problems, depression, anxiety disorders

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