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The Mental Health of Older People

The world’s population is ageing rapidly. Over 20% of adults aged 60 and over live with a mental or neurological condition and 6.6% of all disability among people over 60 years is attributed to mental and neurological conditions. The most common are depression and dementia. Mental health problems are under-identified by healthcare professionals and older people themselves and the surrounding stigma makes people reluctant to seek help.

Older people are more likely to experience loss in capacities and a decline in functional abilities, reduced mobility, chronic pain, frailty or other health problems, bereavement, isolation and loneliness. It is therefore highly important to prepare health providers and societies to meet the specific needs of older people. Prompt recognition and treatment of mental health conditions is essential.

Here at ECL Care Solutions, our trained Clinicians and Care Staff are aware of the importance of good mental health in older people and are able to help those living with mental illness to lead better, more fulfilling lives. Our Charles Dickens Day Service in Chelmsford is Gold Standard Dementia Accredited and provides specialist support for people living with a range of conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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