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Mental Health and The Older Citizen

Australians are growing older but there is no need for despair because most ageing people live independent and satisfying lives. Generally, the message is — use it or lose it! People who stay active outside the home, and maintain their interests, remain well to an advanced age. However, it would be a mistake to believe that health problems do not increase with age. Despite improvements in nutrition and health care, and regardless of better living conditions, the fact is that most people who are ill are elderly. There are also psychiatric conditions that affect people as they grow older. Therefore, it is useful to consider the mental health problems that can occur in old age and the care required in the community. This chapter explores these issues from the unique perspective of citizenship.

Contents include

  • Citizenship and mental health
  • Psychiatric conditions
  • The mental health of older people as an issue of citizenship
  • What should be assessed?
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Author / Editor Biographies

RN, BA, MA and PhD.
Mike Hazelton is Professor of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Newcastle Australia. He has worked in different parts of Australia – New South, Western Australia and Tasmania, and has had extensive experience leading schools of nursing at the University of Tasmania, Curtin University and the University of Newcastle. He is Honorary Director of the Halla /Newcastle Centre for Problem Based Learning, Cheju Halla University, Republic of Korea and was Visiting Professor in the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds between May and September 2010. Professor Hazelton’s clinical work...
RN, BA (Hons) and PhD.
Michael Clinton is a nurse and sociologist with nursing, nurse education and health service management experience in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. His current research interests are mental health, aged care and advanced clinical nursing practice. Michael is President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses.

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