Improving mental health services to the elderly in southeastern Arizona
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies.
Sociology, Public and Social Welfare.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe State of Arizona is under pressure to expand mental health services. Task Forces have been formed to look at several special population groups. This paper is designed to support a Governor's Task Force on the mental health needs of the elderly. Based on a literature review, it is clear that older persons experience significant rates of mental illness. However, current mental health services for the elderly are minimal and their needs for these services remain hidden because of myths and prejudices that are held by health and mental health professionals and the elderly themselves. The need for mental health services for the elderly is defined. Barriers to meeting that need are identified and recommendations for state and local action to improve mental health services for the elderly are presented.