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Reposted from NPR –

Call it ‘stealth mental health’ — some care for elders helps more without the label – August 14th

The pandemic drew a lot of attention to young people’s mental health. But older people have suffered, too. Many are struggling with loneliness, anxiety, or substance abuse.

Fewer than half of older adults who need mental health care get it, according to the National Council on Aging.

“One reason is that professionals are under-trained to treat the mental health needs of older adults,” says Regina Koepp, a clinical psychologist based in Vermont, and the founder of the Center for Mental Health and Aging. “Many professionals feel quite incompetent and will say that they just don’t treat older adults.”

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