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Aging with Serious Mental Illness: An Overview and Implications for Service Delivery

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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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  • Practitioners and researchers in the field of aging have long relied on Generations to provide them with in-depth research, practical applications, and valuable insight into the lives of older adults and those who work with them. Each issue features several articles on a single topic, guest-edited by one or more recognized experts in the subject area, and includes contributions from a range of practitioners, researchers, policymakers and elders. Authoritative and comprehensive, Generations offers a wide range of perspectives on relevant and timely topics in aging. This is what makes Generations an ideal resource for professionals, academics and anyone interested in aging.
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