One out of every five adults suffers from mental illness. Among older adults, mental illness and/or depression may not be as easily recognized or its signs may be confused with other medical conditions.

Griswold Home Care has assembled a number of resources designed to help you identify mental health symptoms and problems in older adults. Here you will find a number of free resources including webinars, infographics, and informational articles covering a wide variety of mental health issues in older adults, including depression, substance abuse, and the ways in which older persons stigmatize mental illness and refuse to talk about it. We hope these resources help open the doors to greater awareness of this medical problem that affects so many older adults and their loved ones and encourages them to seek proper diagnosis and treatment.

Resources

Mental Health and Aging - Keeping Depression Top of Mind

Griswold offers facts, statistics, and resources for recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression, as well as a list of innovative solutions and treatment options. Read this informative article to discover more about geriatric psychology and the role it can play in helping ease depression in older adults, as well as receive tips and a mental health and aging toolkit from Griswold.

Depression & Aging [Infographic]

This helpful infographic presents at-a-glance statistics and tips for diagnosing and treating depression in the elderly, as well as an overview of the ways in which depression can affect older adults.

FREE Webinar Workshop: Mental Health & Aging - An Overview of the Barriers and Solutions

Listen to or read a transcript of Griswold’s free mental health and aging webinar, featuring information and tips from field experts on the topic. The webinar covers information on mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and severe cognitive impairment as a result of dementia or head trauma. Gain actionable insights on how to use tools to diagnose these illnesses and encourage loved ones to seek treatment for their disorders.

Alcohol & Drug Use Among the Elderly

Alcohol and drug use is just as common among older individuals as it is their younger counterparts, despite the belief that substance abuse “stops” at a certain age. Learn more about the behaviors associated with older adults misusing alcohol, drugs, and prescription drugs, as well as their impact on existing medical conditions.

Destigmatizing Mental Health Issues In Elderly Adults

Older adults view mental illness in a different way than their children may see it. While depression is the most prevalent mental illness among older people, elderly individuals from “The Silent Generation” are less likely to talk about their problems due to a stigma attached to them while growing up and living through The Great Depression and WWII eras. Learn how to identify depression and mental health symptoms, as well as how to get loved ones to seek help.