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Mental health of elderly women

Journal of Women & Aging

Author: Beck, C. M., Pearson, B. P.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1989


A review of the literature suggests that elderly women may be responsive to a variety of mental health treatments. A strong correlation exists between an individual's social support & the likelihood that the person will develop mental illness. Thus, the loss & isolation of elderly women place them at psychological risk for reactive depression; likewise, the social changes that accompany aging usually compound depressive responses. The mental health care needs of elderly women may be better met with a shift in focus from direct services to self-help/support groups that serve more people at less cost & with no social stigma. Social support must be aimed at assisting the older woman to maintain her independence & functional abilities & enhance her dignity & self-esteem.

Further Details

Pages: 175-193
Volume: 1
Issue: 1-3
Section: 175
Accession Number: 18.3.03
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 21/08/2013
Keywords: olderemotionalhealthcognitive
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