This Wednesday, 37 participants confronted a difficult but nonetheless important subject during our real-time Twitter forum: mental health and aging issues. CDC stats from 2004 say that 67% of nursing home residents have mental disorders. A recent Institute of Medicine report said 1 in 5 US seniors has a mental health or substance abuse problem. These issues are not going away. Today’s seniors, tomorrow’s boomers and all who follow them will need specialized care and services.
From depression to PTSD in war veterans to bullying and violence in senior living communities, chat attendees responded thoughtfully, and with tremendous sensitivity and compassion, to these questions:
Q1. Which mental health issues do families and elder care professionals face today?
Q2: How can providers address the growing problem of bullying and violence in senior living communities?
Q3: What policies can providers create regarding inappropriate sexual behavior among residents?
Q4: How can we help seniors dealing with depression and their family caregivers?
Q5: Which interventions could help a senior struggling with substance abuse?
Q6: How can we help seniors at risk for suicide?
Q7: How can we help veterans dealing with special mental health issues (like PTSD)?
Q8: What concerns do you have about the use of antipsychotic medications with older adults?
Check out these highlights:
Review the wealth of resources, insights and ideas shared here, via the full chat transcript (thanks to @ctffox and The Fox Group for providing this invaluable service). Analytics are available too; click here to see who attended.
Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, March 6th at 1pm ET. Please note that we meet only on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in and passionate about eldercare issues can join our chat, anytime. Prior participation is not required, nor is there a need to stay for the full hour.
If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag. The LinkedIn group is also a great place to continue previous discussions, connect with those who share similar interests, or talk about the services that you, or the company you represent, have to offer.