Aging and Mental Health
Californian's aged 65 and over are one of the fastest growing demographics in the state. By the year 2010, this age group will reach nearly 4.5 million. Also, it is expected that the 85 and over population will experience a large increase in the near future.
You and your loved ones deserve to live long, healthy, happy lives. Aging involves acknowledging the changes we all face in getting older. Regular doctor visits for check ups and care are generally accepted practices to maintain good health. However, paying attention to ones mental health is equally important. Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and related mental disorders, such as depression, are serious health issues affecting hundreds of thousands aged 65 and over.
If you or someone you love may be suffering from Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or a related mental disorder, help is available. You owe it to yourself or your loved one to learn about the resources offered to treat these diseases. Medical and mental health professionals assist persons suffering from these diseases everyday. Mental health related diseases and disorders often have a needless shame linked with them, but getting help is not a sign of weakness, it's a sign of true strength. If you are seeking care for someone in your family, it shows your support for their well-being.
The Board of Behavioral Sciences has created a list of organizations, service locators, brochures, and Web pages listed below. This list will help you become educated and find services in your area.
- Alzheimer's Association
- California Department of Health Care Services (Senior Information)
- California Department of Mental Health
- Department of Health and Human Services: Administration on Aging
- California Department of Aging
Help Finding Care
- Department of Mental Health (listing of county programs)
- 2-1-1 Human Service Locator Resource
- SAMHSA Mental Health Services Locator
- National Alliance on Mental Health
- Medi Cal Web Site
Information Relating to Senior Mental Health Services
- "Good Mental Health is Ageless" brochure
- Administration on Aging - Elder Rights Protection
- Self- Empowerment: Choosing a Mental Health Professional in California
- National Association of Social Workers ("Help Starts Here")
- National Institute of Mental Illness - Older Adults: Depression and Suicide Facts