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May 09, 2024

Older Americans Month: Highlighting Challenges and Opportunities

  • Older adults, Patients and Families

An estimated one in eight older adults had a mental illness and one in 11 had a substance use disorder in the past year according to a new report on mental health and substance use concerns among older adults (adults aged 60 or older).

November 21, 2023

What Is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

  • Healthy living for mental well-being, Older adults, Patients and Families

Mild cognitive impairment is a common condition in older adults, but a recent survey finds that a large majority of Americans know little or nothing about it.

September 19, 2023

How Dental Health and Mental Health Are Connected

  • Healthy living for mental well-being, Older adults, Patients and Families

While it may not be widely understood, there is a clear connection between a person’s dental health and their mental health. Numerous studies have identified associations between mental health and oral health(1), however, the interaction often does not get much attention, even among health care professionals.

May 30, 2023

A Few Phone Calls From Trained Volunteers Can Make a Difference for People with Depression

  • Depression, Older adults, Patients and Families

New research finds that volunteers who make a few empathetic phone calls can significantly improve others’ loneliness and depressive symptoms among adults. This type of program could help address the significant shortage of mental health professionals and improve mental healthcare, the study authors suggest.

May 02, 2023

Thriving in Old Age

  • By Maureen Nash, M.D., M.S., FAPA, FACP
  • Older adults, Patients and Families

In honor of Older Americans Month in May, I wanted to break down stereotypes about older adults. In the United States, we tend to split older adults into two groups: we celebrate the few older adults who live past 100 with TV stories or newspaper articles, and then we assume most older adults have unbearable burdens and are languishing in understaffed facilities.

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