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The Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults and Those with Later-Life Issues module builds upon the effectiveness of the standard Mental Health First Aid curriculum by focusing on older adults and the gaining population.
Mental illness and aging can often be a double stigma. According to the National Council on Aging, there are more than 6 million Americans aged 85 and older. That number is expected to more than triple by the year 2050 when the youngest baby boomers turn 86. Older adults and care partners are less likely to identify a problem as a symptom of a mental health disorder. Furthermore, older adults have high rates of late-onset mental health disorders, like anxiety and depression, and low rates of identification and treatment. There is negative bi-directional impact between mental disorders and health conditions. Even “mild” mental illness symptoms can have catastrophic consequences in vulnerable older adults.