Today’s world is experiencing a phenomenal increase in life expectancy. As the ageing of population evident in the high income countries is becoming a reality in less developed countries; the health problems of the elderly, particularly its psychological dimensions in the low income settings become crucial.
Older people may have any mental health problems common in adulthood in general, butspecific concerns associated more with the elderly population include dementia, delirium, psychosis and depression
. See CBM’s page on psychosocial disabilities
for more details.
The reason why World Mental Health Day 2013 is focusing on this group is not only that these problems are often unrecognised and go untreated, but that people do not tend to be able to receive the particular types of support that they need to respond to these challenges. CBM is working with partners to improve access to care for this neglected and vulnerable group, especially in countries where families may not be able to access support from health and social services.