Mental health needs change as people age. This is the result of changes in the biological, social, and psychological world each person inhabits.
Common mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety remain, but the symptoms can be different in older people. Age-related cognitive changes also impact on mental health.
Follow the links below to find trusted information about mental health of older people.
Seniors' mental health
Compared to other age groups, older Australians generally have good mental health. However, due to a perceived stigma around mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, they are less likely to seek help or support unless at a crisis point.
Learn more about the mental health of older Australians.
Last reviewed: February 2014