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According to the UN, one in five seniors have neurological disorder

With a population that is expected to reach 2 billion by 2050, seniors need support from caregivers and family

 
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Mental health of the elderly may also be affected by physical abuse and mistreatment

On Thursday (10), World Mental Health Day, the United Nations issued a warning about the conditions of people aged 60 or more. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said at least one in five elderly people suffer from mental or neurological disorders such as dementia or depression.

The Secretary also highlighted that stigma prevents many people from seeking help and support from family members is essential.

"The elderly, mostly, can be pre-disposition to depression. Usually, loneliness and often, the lack of economic and social conditions may potentiate the disease. Families are fundamental to detect the signs of crisis people have with a diagnosis of depressive illness or bipolar. treating Also, help the elderly, with the medication that is prescribed. " The doctor is important to remember that patients take medicines every day and at the time indicated.

The Secretary-General also highlighted that mental health can also be affected by physical abuse and mistreatment. Ban Ki-moon recalled that in May, the World Health Assembly adopted a plan of action that is worth 2020. The goal is to promote effective responses to mental health problems and raise awareness about the social and health at all stages of life, from early childhood to older age brackets.

According to UN data, in 2050 the world will have 2 billion elderly.

Source: ONU
   Palavras-chave:   World Mental Health Day    The United Nations    Dementia    Depression    Elderly    Health   
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