Editorial
Volume 7 Issue 8 - 2018
Global Aging and Mental Health Challenges
Andreas Tsounis1* and Tasos Travasaros2
1Psychology Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
2Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
*Corresponding Author: Andreas Tsounis, Psychology Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Received: June 02, 2018; Published: July 04, 2018
Citation: Andreas Tsounis and Tasos Travasaros. “Global Aging and Mental Health Challenges”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 7.8 (2016): 440-441.
Advances in medicine and improved living standards have led to a great rising of life expectancy during the twentieth century. According to World Health Organization (WHO), the number of people today aged over 60 has doubled since 1980 and it is estimated that between 2015 and 2050 will nearly double again, from 12% to 22% [1,2]. Moreover, by 2050 adults over 60 will outnumber children under the age of 14 [2]. Despite the rising of chronic conditions like diabetes, where in U.S.A. more than 25% and in Europe more than 20% of older adults are suffering from, [3] and age-related impairments like hearing loss, from which one third of people over 65 are affected [4], one of the most important issues in older adults is related with mental health problems. Today, it is expected that approximately 15% of people aged more than 60 suffer from mental disorders [2].
Amongst the most common mental health disorders in elderly is dementia. Between 2000 and 2014 deaths attributed to Alzheimer disease, which is the most common accounting for dementia, increased by 89% [5]. It is also estimated that the 50 million people worldwide, that live with dementia, will be tripled by 2050, reaching the 150 millions [5].The physical and emotional pressures related with dementia affect both patients and their families. It is estimated that family members, that in many cases provide informal caring, must spend more than 40 hours per week in order to provide care to people with dementia [6].
Copyright: © 2018 Andreas Tsounis and Tasos Travasaros. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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