A research brief

Dementia, depression, and anxiety are the

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Dementia, depression, and anxiety are the

most common mental health problems for
older adults worldwide.
Using 2010 data from the Institute for Health metrics and evaluation’s global burden of disease study, the WHO fact sheet on mental health and older adults
(2013) reports that, “The most common neuropsychiatric disorders in this age group [aged 60 and older] are dementia and depression. Anxiety disorders affect
3.8% of the elderly population, substance use problems affect almost 1% and around a quarter of deaths from self-harm are among those aged 60 and above” (WHO
Using data from the National Center for Injury
Prevention and Control, the CDC’s issue brief on “The
State of Mental Health and Aging in America” (2008) points out that, “Older men have the highest suicide rate of any age group. Men aged 85 years or older have a suicide rate of 45.23 per 100,000, compared to an overall rate of 11.01 per 100,000 for all ages.”
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