CCA Health California Clinical Operations Director Kristen Slater wrote an op-ed in the San Jose Spotlight examining the prevalence of mental health issues among older adults and important steps to curb the detrimental effects of these issues.
Factors exacerbating mental health conditions in older people can include physical health issues and social isolation, she writes.
“As people age, retirement or living away from family can also limit social interaction. But time with familiar connections, such as neighbors or loved ones, has a big impact on overall health. This applies to everyday life, as well as during stressful times,” she writes.