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Applying the Guidelines for Comprehensive Mental Health Services for Older Adults in Canada during COVID-19

While mental health in older adults is as important as mental health in any other stage of life, it does not always receive the attention and services that it requires. COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted older adults in Canada, with most COVID-19 deaths occurring in long-term care homes. COVID’s most obvious effects have been on physical health, but the pandemic has also had a profound impact on the mental health of older adults. It is crucial that the health care system responds to the current and future mental health impacts of this pandemic by working towards an integrated service system that promotes wellbeing, incorporates prevention and early intervention, and delivers high-quality care through a range of health, mental health, and social services.

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