Mental Health and Aging
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.
Medical Director for Mental Health and Clinical Research with the Miami (FL) Jewish Health Systems
Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health, Washington DC VA Medical Center
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: