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Mental Illness in Seniors Hits Healthcare System Hard
Aging adults with mental illness have significantly higher rates of
healthcare utilization than their mentally healthy peers, new research
An analysis of comorbidity levels and healthcare
utilization in older adults with lifelong, serious mental illness shows
that these patients have higher rates of emergency care, longer hospital
stays, are more likely to fall, and have alcohol and substance abuse
problems compared with mentally healthy control individuals.
study illustrates the continuing vulnerability of seriously mentally ill
patients as they grow older," Hugh C. Hendrie, MB, ChB, DSc, geriatric
psychiatrist and health services researcher from the Regenstrief
Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine and Center for Aging
Research, both in Indianapolis, told Medscape Medical News.
integrated healthcare system that addresses both their medical and
psychosocial needs will be required to care for these patients whose
numbers are increasing by the year," Dr. Hendrie added.
"Ike" Ahmed, MD, geriatric psychiatrist from University of Hawaii and
Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, who was not involved in the
study, agrees. "The older, and younger, mentally ill populations who
often have comorbid medical and psychiatric illnesses beg for integrated