The Dilemma Of The Geriatric Psych Care Essay

754 Words Sep 28th, 2015 4 Pages
Deficits in Geriatric Psych Care

Mental illness is becoming a more prominent part of our society, along with the increasing age of the population. The Baby Boomer population has begun to flood our health care centers and as time goes on this will become an even more prominent problem. This population brings a range of medical problems, and illness, and will be the first generation that has been diagnosed and or treated for a mental illness, such as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia. Many of these conditions will be conditions that patients have lived with their entire lives, but as they age and go through the aging process they will be exacerbated. Our health system is barely prepared to handle the increase in demand for regular medical care for this population, let alone the demands that the mentally ill will put on the system. According to Trossman, (2013), the number of adults over the age of 65 was at 40.3 million in 2010. This number is expected to balloon to 72.1 million in 2030. 1 in every 5 of these adults will have some form of mental illness. In addition to having a mental illness many of these patients will have a comorbidity that exacerbates their mental illness or makes treating their mental illness that much more difficult. Mental illness is not the only problem facing this population; they also have substance abuse and degenerative brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s, and Dementia. Healthcare facilities are not prepared to deal with…

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