Issue #8: Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Mental health issues and substance abuse are on the rise in the seniors’ population. These seem to be increasing in the era of COVID-19, particularly with social isolation and loneliness. Yet, stigma and lack of care options for seniors remain barriers to treatment and well-being.
Recommendation #26: Psychogeriatrics
Invest in sector capacity building specifically for psychogeriatrics. Increase grants, placements, and medical fellowships to increase the number of psychogeriatricians in Canada. Allocate more funding towards allied healthcare professionals to develop expertise in geriatric mental health and addictions.
Recommendation #27: Screening
Regularize screening for depression and anxiety for older adults, particularly in isolated, long-term, or congregate care settings.
Recommendation #28: Grief Supports
Develop community-based grief programs and supports.
Recommendation #29: Research
Invest in academic and community-based research to better understand how older adults’ mental health and addictions present, and differ from, that of younger people.
Recommendation #30: Education and Destigmatization
Develop and implement more educational programs for Canadian seniors about mental health to reduce the associated stigma.
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