Rising depression in older people

The following is selected content from an AAA article: "Australian Ageing Agency recently reported that Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's new report indicated the majority of aged care residents are diagnosed with at least one mental health or behavioural condition. In 2017-18, almost half of residents were diagnosed with depression (49 per cent), up from 47 per cent in 2016-17 and 46 per cent in 2015-16". My comment to the article is as follows: A move to residential care and possibly acceptance of end of life or the existential struggles of dependence is more likely to contribute to depression among older residents. I think there’s a difference in the rates of depression (no evi

Inquiry into mental health: the missing voices đź—Ł

The recent Inquiry into Mental Health appears to consider mental health in relation to economic participation, productivity and economic growth. However, older people, long retired and economically unproductive (except they may volunteer), may experience poor mental health for various reasons such as downsizing in a different suburb or moving to community living in a retirement village with rules for a new way of living. I am not a psychologist or mental health social worker but a counsellor who uses counselling skills to support older people at home. Over the past few months, I have supported an 80+ woman who has gambling addictions as well as come to acceptance of disconnection from a muc