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These are real words from a real elderly person who’s been forgotten by the rest of the world
As a society, we hardly even ‘see’ elderly people – especially when they become frail and their minds start failing them.
No wonder many people over the age of 55 suffer from a Mental Disorder.
With age comes social isolation, loss of independence, loneliness, bereavement or physical disability, all of which affect mental health. Anxiety and depression are felt by many older people who are forced by economic necessity to continue working way beyond retirement age. Dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease, is another threat.
And, owing to improved health care, there are more elderly people in society than ever. By 2050, for the first time in history, seniors older than 60 will outnumber children younger than 15 ... placing a huge burden on Mental Health services in many countries, including South Africa.
Already medical services for the elderly are scarce. Most rural hospitals have no Mental Health Specialist,and older people with Dementia are often misdiagnosed. These people are vulnerable and need special care. But facilities in rural areas are virtually non-existent.
Sick old people are often locked away and become victims of sexual, physical, emotional and financial abuse.
The South AfricanFederation for Mental Health is urging Government to make provision for adequate Mental Health care and support for the elderly – and to allocate more resources to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
But we need your help to speak and act on behalf of our elderly citizens who live with Mental Health Disabilities.
One day all of us may also need special care and services. So please will you make a contribution now to help improve the lives of our elders? Your support strengthens our voice – thank you!
Victory for Right to Decide Campaign Inclusion International’s current global campaign, The Right to Decide, is about protecting the right of people with Intellectual Disability to have control over their lives.