Aging with Serious Mental Illness: An Overview and Implications for Service Delivery
As part of the changing U.S. demographics, older adult individuals with serious mental illnesses (SMI) will increase in relative proportion to the overall American population. Many individuals with SMI are now living longer (although overall mortality is still higher than in people without SMI). This article summarizes the epidemiology, assessment, and treatment of aging with SMI, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and recurrent major depression. The article also addresses how the field can prepare to meet the needs of a burgeoning population of elders with SMI, and concludes with a discussion on needed future directions for research and clinical care.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2014
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