Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Mental Health & Aging in America

From an article, "Crisis in Care," by Diane L. Elmore that appeared in the July/August issue (Vol. 39, No.7, p. 23) of the Monitor on Psychology:

"About 20 percent of older Americans have a mental health problem, the most common being anxiety distorders, cognitive impairment and depression. These disorders can be linked to poor health, higher health-care utilization and cost, increased caregiver stress, and premature death from suicide or other causes. In fact, suicide rates for men 65 and older are higher than any other age group and are more than twice the national rate for all other age groups."

RT can do much to help older Americans deal with problems in mental health -- especially by treating anxiety and depression. RT can also be helpful to caregivers by providing stress management programs.


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