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Mental Health of an Aging Population

As the aging population grows, leaders in government, medicine and care services are facing an ever more complex issue of meeting its mental health needs. Mental health is an important concern for those in this population, and as you pursue your Master of Arts in Gerontology or Master of Aging Services Management, it’s one that you could be confronted with in your career.

America, Growing Older

Americans are living longer. The population of those over the age of 60 is growing rapidly, with baby boomers reaching retirement age and enjoying longer lives. By 2030, it is estimated that older Americans will constitute 20% of the population.

Mental Health Concerns for Aging Adults

Mental health concerns that typically plague aging adults include:

  • Life concerns
  • Abuse
  • Lack of mental health services
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Suicide
  • Dementia

Treatment and Care Strategies

There are several treatment and care strategies that can be employed by gerontology professionals to help ease the mental health concerns of their clients. See details in the below infographic:

An infographic about the mental health of an aging population by USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

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