Mental health in older adults
Globally, the population is ageing rapidly. Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will nearly double, from 12% to 22%. Amongst older people psychological illness can impact significantly on quality of life and physical health.
Certain psychological conditions can also herald the onset of neurocognitive disorders such as dementia. Illnesses such as depression and anxiety can present in a different manner compared to adults.
As we grow older, our bodies cannot tolerate medication interventions to the same degree as younger people. There is also a complex interplay of physical conditions worsening psychological distress which than precipitates a downward spiral.
Specialist geriatric psychiatrist
An approach to older persons psychological health can be distinctly different depending on the context and usually requires the input of a specialist geriatric psychiatrist.
I work with mental health in older adults, focusing on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety and dementia to maximise quality of life. If you, or someone close to you, needs help, call 09-638 9804 to speak with me, Dr. Sidhesh Phaldessai, an Auckland psychiatrist based in Mt Eden