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Mental Health of older Australians a “priority” of awareness month

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World Mental Health Week (7-13 October) has kicked off across the globe, with many industry experts within Australia issuing a reminder that mental health doesn’t only affect the young, but the old too.

Coinciding with World Mental Health Day (10 October) and a number of State-based Mental Health Awareness Month events, the initiative is all about increasing public awareness across the globe relating to the mental health of all people of all ages.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) statistics show that good mental health is a “key factor” associated with healthy ageing, but notes that “while the prevalence of mental health disorders tends to decrease with age, there are certain sub-groups of the older population that are at higher risk”. These groups include people in hospital, supported accommodation, people with dementia, and older carers.

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Source:
Unknown Author, 2018, Aged Care Guide (https://www.agedcareguide.com.au/talking-aged-care)

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