Authors: Benbow, S. M. & Bhattacharyya, S. Published: 2016
The older adult population is increasing across the world. It is estimated that 40% of people over 65 years old and over two thirds (69%) of over 85 year old have a long term condition and a high percentage of those will experience mental health problems including depression, delirium or cognitive impairment. This briefing paper highlights the importance of older people’s mental health issues for their health and wellbeing and advocates for parity of esteem between physical and mental health across health and social care sectors. The paper highlights the vitality of “triply” integrated services to provide seamless care i.e. integration between health and social care, primary and specialist care. The authors also note that services should not only be person-centred but “relationship centred”, which means involving peoples’ families and ensuring continuity of care in professional relationships.