More geriatricians essential to treat boomer’s mental health issues
Posted Jul 20 2012 12:00am
Mental health and addiction issues are straining our health care system in several demographics, but it appears that the geriatric segment of our population may cause increasing strain. According to an article in the Washington Post, a new report finds as many as 1 in 5 seniors has a mental health or substance abuse problem .
Dr. Dan Blazer of Duke University, who chaired the Institute of Medicine panel that investigated the issue, was quoted as saying that “millions of baby boomers may have a hard time finding care and services for mental health problems such as depression — because the nation is woefully lacking in doctors, nurses and other health workers trained for their special needs.”