Assessing the mental health needs of older people

The main mental health problems


Mental health problems in later life can be grouped into four main categories:

Key research findings

For a more detailed account, see Research Summary Chapter 3 (443kb PDF).

If you are an older person reading this, or you care for an older person:

Try not to be worried by the symptoms and problems described in this section. Remember, although mental health problems in later life are relatively common, most older people are not affected. Use the organisations listed elsewhere in this section to get more information, and if you are still worried about any symptoms, speak to your doctor.

What you can do

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