Mental health in later life: an Australasian experience

Park, Hongjae, and Li, Wendy (2017) Mental health in later life: an Australasian experience. In: [Presented at] International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. From: 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 23-27 July 2017, San Francisco, USA.

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Both Australia and New Zealand are ageing societies where their populations are growing older and more diversified. As is the case in most developed nations, a significant proportion of older people experience mental health issues in their everyday lives in these nations. The prevalence of mental illness, ranging from depression to dementia, is significantly increasing among older adults across genders, cultures and ethnicities. Consequently, there is greater pressure on the health and social care system to meet the needs of older adults with mental health conditions, and such challenges will be constant in coming decades. This presentation provides an outline of ‘mental health in older adults’ in Australian and New Zealand contexts. It also discusses major issues associated with services and policies, alongside current programmes and practice models, in mental health care for older people in both societies. Cultural influences and caregiving realities are addressed for further discussion.

Item ID: 54281
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: aged care, Australia, New Zealand, mental health, ageing
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2018 02:25
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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