Mental Health and Aging

Mental Health and Aging

Diane and her guests discuss mental health challenges facing seniors. How to know what's a normal part of aging and what may require more serious treatment.

Americans who turn 65 this year can expect to live another 19 years on average. The majority will cope well with the physical and cognitive changes of late life. Others will experience mental disorders that are not part of normal aging. The symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s are commonly known. But a host of other mental health issues confronting seniors – from sleeplessness to anxiety – often go unrecognized and untreated. At the same time our aging population is growing, the U. S. faces a serious shortage of geriatric mental health care workers. Diane and her guests discuss the mental health challenges facing seniors.


Dr. Marc Agronin

Medical Director for Mental Health and Clinical Research with the Miami (FL) Jewish Health Systems

Dr. Maria Llorente

Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health, Washington DC VA Medical Center

Dr. Allan Anderson

President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and Medical Director of The Bratton Memory Clinic in Easton, Maryland

Read an Excerpt: Dr. Agronin's Book

Excerpted from "How We Age" by Dr. Marc Agronin. Copyright 2011 by Marc Agronin. Excerpted here by kind permission of Da Capo Press / Da Capo Lifelong Books:

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