This Mental Health Awareness Month, the Alliance released new tip sheet for clinicians that focus on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, depression and suicide, and substance use disorders.
Health care providers face a wide range of difficulties in detecting mental health changes and dementias in older adults. Symptoms can be hard to distinguish from other causes and certain behavioral changes may even look different from person-to-person. Additionally, the stigma that still surrounds mental health and dementias may prevent older adults from talking to their health care provider, and not all health care providers will start the conversation.
New tip sheets from the Alliance provide important information for health care providers that can aid in screening, treatment, and starting the important conversations for:
Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias
Depression & Suicide in Older Adults
Substance Use Disorders & Mental Health