An annual opportunity to spread the message that mental illness is not a normal part of aging.
Recent data indicates that an estimated 20.4 percent of adults aged 65 and older met criteria for a mental disorder. Additionally, Depression is affecting between 5 and 10 million of Americans aged 50 and older and nearly 8% of the aged population reports current depression.
Public awareness increases a community’s understanding of mental illness and reduces the stigma that keeps many older Americans from seeking help. Public awareness activities can range from an information display at a library to a speaker panel event. Together, during Older Americans’ Mental Health Week, we will continue to tell the American public and policy makers that: mental illness is not a normal part of aging; mental illnesses are real, common and treatable; the more people know, the more they can help themselves and others; and healthy adults continue to learn, enjoy life and contribute to society. Organized by The Older Women’s League (OWL).