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One thing that many would argue is overlooked in healthcare is the mental health of older adults, even though the issue is a significant one. Nevertheless, there are very few healthcare professionals that specialise in this area, even though it would make sense that treatments and care for this population are specific.

This editorial recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine approaches this topic and highlights a report by the Institute of Medicine discussing these issues. The online version also includes a link to listen to an audio interview of one of the authors of the editorial, Dr. Stephen Bartels. Both the editorial and the interview give some compelling reasons as to why we should focus on this population in mental health care. In particular, I agree that research in this area is often lacking just in the way that many studies do not examine younger populations. Often…

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