Older adults experience mental illness at similar rates to the rest of the population. They do, however, experience the additional stigma of aging in addition to the continued stigma around mental health. Depression and dementia are most commonly experienced by this population, however depression continues to be underrecognized and undertreated. "Depression in seniors is often misunderstood … The most important misconception about seniors and depression is the assumption that a person who has never had it won't develop it." To read more about this topic, check out this article recently published in the Washington Post.
Supporting and enhancing students' and health professionals' knowledge and understanding of mental health and psychiatry