TA Coalition Webinar: Preparing for the Mental Health Needs of Older Adults
About 7.5 million Americans age 65 and over have a mental illness (such as depression, dementia, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia). As the baby boomer generation ages, this number is expected to double to 15 million by 2030. Untreated mental illnesses among older adults are associated with poor health outcomes, higher health care utilization, increased morbidity/mortality, and increased caregiver stress. Behavioral health leaders need to prepare for a coordinated system of care delivery for aging adults with mental illness. This webinar will explore the mental health impact of an aging population, geriatric psychiatric clinical syndromes, and opportunities for prevention in geriatric mental health.
- Brent Forester, MD, MSc, Chief, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Mclean Hospital and Medical Director – Behavioral Health, Center for Population Health, Partners HealthCare
- Nicole Cadovius, MBA, MSM, CAPS and FAAIDD, Director, Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health