Did you know?

  • It is estimated that 20% of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern.The most common conditions include anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, and mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder).Nearly one in three do not receive treatment.

 

  • If the prevalence of mental disorders among older adults remains unchanged, over the next two decades the number of older adults with mental and/or substance disorders will nearly double from about 8 million people to about 14 million people.

 

  • At least 5.6 million to 8 million older adults – nearly one in five - have one or more mental health or substance use conditions which present unique challenges for their care.

 

  • More than two million of the 34 million Americans age 65 and older suffer from some form of depression.

 

  • Depression, one of the conditions most commonly associated with suicide in older adults, is a widely under-recognized and undertreated medical illness.

 

  • Older men have the highest suicide rate of any age group.Suicide among white males aged 85 and older is nearly six times the suicide rate in the U.S.

 

  • One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer's dementia.Today, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's dementia every 66 seconds.

 

  • Up to 96% of patients with dementia demonstrated aggressive behavior over the course of their illness.

 

  • Psychological symptoms and behavioral abnormalities are common and prominent characteristics of dementia. They include symptoms such as depression, anxiety psychosis, agitation, aggression, disinhibition, and sleep disturbances. Approximately 30% to 90% of patients with dementia suffer from such behavioral disorders.

 

  • According to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, 17% of people in the United States over 65 years of age have abused prescription medications

 

  • Fewer than 40% of older adults with mental and/or substance use disorders get treatment.