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New Hartford poll finds serious shortfalls in mental health care for older adults

from The John A. Hartford Foundation

A new poll from The John A. Hartford Foundation, "Silver and Blue: The Unfinished Business of Mental Health Care for Older Adults," examines attitudes, awareness and experiences of care among seniors. The bad news: many patients are not receiving important services known to improve outcomes, such as timely follow-up (46 percent), and many don't know the serious health consequences of depression, such as increasing the risk of dementia (78 percent). More positively, a large majority (77 percent) say they would feel comfortable raising the subject with their provider.

Read more at the Health AGEnda blog and explore the full results here. more

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