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Caring for Our Veterans
Posted: 10/21/2014 12:00 AM by
According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, more than half of U.S. veterans are 60 or older. Around 45 percent are 65 and older, numbers which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) believe will continue until 2035.
There have been many stories in the news over the past 10 years about the mental health needs of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but older service members also may encounter their own mental health issues as they grow older. In fact, veterans 60 and above may actually be at a higher risk for mental health conditions such as
, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide.
The VA has found that 11 percent of veterans aged 65 years and older have received a diagnosis of a major depressive disorder. That is more than twice the rate found in the general population of adults from the same age group.
Loved ones and caregivers of older veterans should be aware that often in their early stages, depression and
can look similar. Depressed older veterans often complain of memory issues. It is important for older veterans to undergo a thorough assessment by their doctor or healthcare provider to understand the true cause of any memory loss.
Interim HealthCare can help with our home caregiving. By providing elder care and companionship, the risk of depression in older veterans can be
treated or even prevented
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