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Aging boomers to face hard time finding mental healthcare; report urges geriatric training

from The Associated Press via the Washington Post

Getting older doesn't just mean a risk for physical ailments like heart disease and bum knees: A new report finds as many as one in five seniors has a mental health or substance abuse problem. And as the population rapidly ages over the next two decades, millions of baby boomers may have a hard time finding care and services for mental health problems such as depression — because the nation is woefully lacking in doctors, nurses and other health workers trained for their special needs, the Institute of Medicine said. more


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