Mental health statistics: older people
The UK population is ageing rapidly, with the number of people aged 65 and over growing by nearly half in the past 30 years. People living longer is a cause for celebration, but older people are more vulnerable to mental health problems.
Patricia's Story: "If you think old you will be old, if you think young you'll stay young"
Patricia is a Dementia Peer Support Worker at the Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Memory Service.
Mental health in later life
As we get older, changes in our lives such as retirement, bereavement or physical illness can affect our mental health.
No Health Without Mental Health: The First 100 Days and Beyond29 May 2015,
Marguerite Regan looks at the priorities for the new Conservative government.
Raising awareness of the reality of living with dementia
Patricia, Diane and Deirdre tell their stories of living with dementia.
Life expectancy and loneliness in later life - visually challenged policy making?5 March 2014,
We will be even more short-sighted if we don’t at least consider the possible associations between the age of austerity, loneliness, poverty and falling life expectancy.
Is being old a mental health problem?8 October 2013,
There is a still a strong tendency among many people to associate old age very negatively, with a sense of it being a ‘burden on society’, something to be feared, and consisting primarily of an unpleasant combination of health conditions and problems.
The dilemma of old age becomes more prevalent than ever8 August 2013, Guest Blogger
Natalija Webb, Development and Later Life intern at the Mental Health Foundation, explains how the public can help in giving older people a better quality of life.
For people with dementia (and everyone else) there needs to be such a thing as society19 April 2013,
Nearly 2/3 of people with dementia who live on their own experience feelings of loneliness, according to a report by the Alzheimer’s Society. We need to do more to reduce the social isolation of people with dementia.