older adults

Though substance use prevalence and mental health often improve with age, adults age 65 or older still experience some mental distress associated with physical limitations for daily activities, grief following the loss of loved ones, challenging caregiving situations, or an untreated mental illness such as depression. Depression affects more than 6.5 million Americans ages 65 and up, which is closely linked to substance use and disability in this population (SAMHSA, 2017). Depression in this population increases the risks of cognitive decline and suicide if left untreated.