Although highly prevalent, so far mental disorder in late life has deserved little research interest, especially at the population level. Our study provides a reliable picture of the distribution of mental health disorders in a sample of 462 Italian older people aged 75+ (women 53.2%) from a population-based study, the Faenza Project. In our sample, one mental disorder is diagnosable in one out of 3 elderly. The most prevalent diagnoses were General Anxiety Disorder (20.7%) and Dementia (19.0%), with female significantly more affected than male. Also Cognitive Impairment No Dementia was highly prevalent with 13.9% of the sample showing these symptoms. The most frequent overlap was between GAD and Major Depressive Episode. The risk of suicide is very high among older, in our sample 7.3% had suicidal thoughts. In spite of that approximately 70% of older adults with mood and anxiety disorders did not use services. There is a need to improve awareness about mental disorders in late- life, both in the community and among health care professionals to find

Late-Life Mental Health Disorders. Data from a Population-Based Study / AR, Atti; M, Morri; S, Gibiino; M, Forlani; P, Scudellari; E, Dal Monte; B, Ferrari; D, De Ronchi.. - In: JOURNAL OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE & PARKINSONISM. - ISSN 2161-0460. - ELETTRONICO. - 05:03(2015), pp. 1-6. [10.4172/2161-0460.1000202]

Late-Life Mental Health Disorders. Data from a Population-Based Study

AR, Atti
;
P, Scudellari;B, Ferrari;D, De Ronchi.
2015

Abstract

Although highly prevalent, so far mental disorder in late life has deserved little research interest, especially at the population level. Our study provides a reliable picture of the distribution of mental health disorders in a sample of 462 Italian older people aged 75+ (women 53.2%) from a population-based study, the Faenza Project. In our sample, one mental disorder is diagnosable in one out of 3 elderly. The most prevalent diagnoses were General Anxiety Disorder (20.7%) and Dementia (19.0%), with female significantly more affected than male. Also Cognitive Impairment No Dementia was highly prevalent with 13.9% of the sample showing these symptoms. The most frequent overlap was between GAD and Major Depressive Episode. The risk of suicide is very high among older, in our sample 7.3% had suicidal thoughts. In spite of that approximately 70% of older adults with mood and anxiety disorders did not use services. There is a need to improve awareness about mental disorders in late- life, both in the community and among health care professionals to find
2015
Late-Life Mental Health Disorders. Data from a Population-Based Study / AR, Atti; M, Morri; S, Gibiino; M, Forlani; P, Scudellari; E, Dal Monte; B, Ferrari; D, De Ronchi.. - In: JOURNAL OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE & PARKINSONISM. - ISSN 2161-0460. - ELETTRONICO. - 05:03(2015), pp. 1-6. [10.4172/2161-0460.1000202]
AR, Atti; M, Morri; S, Gibiino; M, Forlani; P, Scudellari; E, Dal Monte; B, Ferrari; D, De Ronchi.
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