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Mental health: epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management 

Mental health: epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management
Chapter:
Mental health: epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management
Source:
Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine (3 edn)
Author(s):

Renzo Rozzini

and Marco Trabucchi

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701590.003.0134

Mental health of older people is one of the most challenging tasks for the society and medicine of our time. The epidemiology of the different psychogeriatric problems indicates that the well-being of a large part of population is jeopardized, and impose large scale specific programmes to prevent, cure, and rehabilitate the most prevalent and severe diseases in old age. Interventions should be directed to the multidimensional events determining and characterizing the specific pathological conditions, since mental health is influenced by biological factors, but also by living conditions (i.e. socioeconomic status, human relationship, available support). Mental health of population in advanced age must be the centre of interest of our society in order to create the conditions for age-friendly communities.

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