About 20% of older Americans have mental health challenges. Anxiety, depression and cognitive impairments are the most common.
Integrative health care is one good way to meet these challenges. Psychologists, pharmacists, physicians, nurses and social workers should work together to devise the best treatment plans. If your doctor does not work in an integrative way, you can create your own team by including the aforementioned clinicians in your own care plan. To see a copy of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Integrative Healthcare for an Aging Population. Go to www.apa.org/pi/aging/blueprint.html