Older People: Physical Health, Check; Mental Health, Overlooked

Research Paper Title

Promoting active ageing in older people with mental disorders living in the community: An integrative review.

Background

Approximately 15% of older people aged 60 and above are experiencing a mental disorder. However, they are commonly unrecognised from health care providers.

Therefore the purpose of this research was to critically synthesise the evidence in relation to the promotion of active ageing in older people, including those with mental disorders.

Methods

This study is an integrative review. Articles published between January 2002 and March 2017 in English and in Thai were identified through searches of the databases CINAHL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, and Thai LIS, as well as through manual searching.

Methodologically high-quality research articles were included if they addressed the promotion of active ageing and related concepts, the impact of mental disorders on active ageing and related concepts, the perspective of older people regarding active ageing, and issues related to working with older people with mental health problems living in the community.

Results

A total of 18 articles were included. The findings show that there is little evidence regarding the promotion of active ageing in older people with mental disorders.

Older people with mental disorders were less likely to achieve successful ageing compared with those without mental disorders, suggesting they need support from health care providers. However, there are several barriers to care and working with older people with mental disorders at the community level.

Conclusions

Of concern is that health professionals focus on the physical health of older people while mental health issues are overlooked.

Reference

Kenbubpha, K., Higgins, I., Chan, S.W-C. & Wilson, A. (2020) Promoting active ageing in older people with mental disorders living in the community: An integrative review. International Journal of Nursing Practice. 24(3):e12624. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12624. Epub 2018 Mar 30.

One thought on “Older People: Physical Health, Check; Mental Health, Overlooked

  1. Oh God this is awful … We get so caught up in our own little worlds and our own children that we simply assume our parents are ok … of course they’re not. Shame doesn’t even cover it. Excellent post.

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