Geriatric Mental Health
Did you know that about 20% of adults aged 55 or older have experienced some type of mental health concern, but nearly one in three of those seniors do not receive treatment? (CDC)
You might not be surprised to read that the most common mental health issue among the elderly is severe cognitive impairment or dementia, particularly caused by Alzheimer’s disease (National Alliance on Mental Illness). An estimated 5 million adults 65 and older currently have Alzheimer’s disease—about 11 percent of seniors, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Other types of dementia bring the numbers even higher.
Depression and mood disorders are also fairly widespread among older adults, and disturbingly, they often go undiagnosed and untreated. Anxiety disorders encompass a range of issues, from obsessive-compulsive disorder (including hoarding syndrome) to phobias to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Getting older isn't always easy. Dr. Bauchman is happy to discuss and counsel you and your family on the common issues related to aging. He will also be glad to review medication management with you, your primary care provider, and family.