Commission for Equality in Mental Health: Independent Age submission

Document type
Consultation
Corporate author(s)
Independent Age
Publisher
Independent Age
Date of publication
1 August 2019
Subject(s)
Mental health services, Health Services, Older Adults
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Mental health issues can occur at any stage of life, and poor mental health is not an inevitable part of ageing. However, older people face particular mental health challenges which are not adequately addressed. The proportion of the UK population aged 65+ was 18.2% in 2017, almost 12 million people. By 2030, more than one in five people (21.8%) will be aged 65+. The 85+ age group is the fastest growing and is set to double to 3.2 million by 2041. In this context of an ageing population, it is important to look at the causes of poor mental health in later life and the inadequacies in mental health support for older people.

 

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