Addressing the Rising Mental Health Needs of an Aging Population: A Workshop
On May 15-16, a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine planning committee will organize and host a public workshop to explore the current state of mental health care for older adults in the United States and potential strategies to address the mental health needs and challenges of our aging population.
Invited presentations and discussions will be designed to:
- Discuss the incidence and prevalence of mental health and substance use conditions among older adults as well as the range and availability of services to address those needs.
- Explore strategies to improve the quality, capacity, equity, and access of community-based and institutional mental health services for older adults.
- Consider ways to build and sustain comprehensive programs to support the well-being of older adults with mental health conditions (e.g., dementia).
- Explore current and new approaches to help older people with mental health disorders to live where they prefer in the community and to support their family caregivers.
- Review knowledge gaps that impede progress in identifying and providing appropriate care for individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, which could be addressed through new research