Mental Illness in Geriatrics

The world’s population is ageing rapidly. Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world's older adults is estimated to almost double from about 12% to 22%. In absolute terms, this is often an expected increase from 900 million to 2 billion people over the age of 60. Older people face special physical and psychological state challenges which require to be recognized.

There could also be multiple risk factors for psychological state problems at any point in life. Older people may experience life stressors common to all people, but also stressors that are more common in later life, like a significant on-going loss in capacities and a decline in functional ability. For example, older adults may experience reduced mobility, chronic pain, frailty or other health problems, that they require some sort of long-term care. All of those stressors may result in isolation, loneliness or psychological distress in older people, that they'll require long-term care.