Special Issue "Epidemiology and Mental Health among Older Adults"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.
Interests: psychiatric epidemiology; gerontology; late-life depression; frailty; falls; healthy aging; long-term care; suicide among older adults
Assistant Guest Editor
Interests: digital peer support; older adults, technology, mental health and physical health co-morbidities
The proportion of adults aged 60 years and older in the population is expanding worldwide, and is expected to nearly double by 2050. With this expansion comes a growing need for public health research focused on improving and maintaining health and quality of life among older adults. There is growing recognition of the unique challenges to optimal mental health faced by older adults. Nearly 20% of older adults experience some type of mental health concern, most commonly but not limited to neurological disorders, depression, and substance abuse. Older adults with mental health disorders are at greater risk of functional and physical decline, disability, early mortality, and numerous other poor health outcomes. Moreover, poor mental health may adversely affect the course and treatment of other chronic mental and physical health conditions, leading to increased healthcare use and expenditures. These effects are compounded by the under-identification and under-treatment of mental health problems among older adults.
This Special Issue is intended to inform the development of policies and interventions to promote optimal mental health in aging, through population-based studies of the distribution and determinants of mental health in older adults. This includes but is not limited to the following topics:
- Differences in the incidence and prevalence of mental health disorders by culture, race, region, urbanicity, and other characteristics;
- Identification of social, environmental, and other determinants of mental health in later life;
- Evaluation of population-based mental health interventions or policies;
- Physiological outcomes associated with mental health disorders in later life;
- Mental health in long-term care;
- Polypharmacology and substance abuse;
- Elder abuse;
- Social isolation and loneliness.
Original articles, literature reviews, brief reports, and commentaries are welcomed.
Dr. Matthew Lohman
Dr. Karen Fortuna
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- Older adults
- Mental health
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Establishing a Research Agenda
Authors: Irwin, K.; Walker, R.; Fortuna, K.
Affiliation: Dartmouth College, Department of Psychiatry
Title: Does Social Isolation Mediate Greater Fall Risk Among Older Adults with Depression?
Authors: Lohman, M.; Fairchild, A.; Merchant, A.
Affiliation: University of South Carolina, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Department of Psychology
Title: Time-Varying Insomnia Symptoms are Associated with Incidence of Cognitive Impairment and Dementia in Older US Adults
Authors: Resciniti, N.; Yelverton, V.; Kase, B.; Zhang, J.; Lohman, M.
Affiliation: 1.Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 2.Department of Health Services Policy & Management, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC