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Better Supporting the Mental Health of Older Adults in Canada

Understanding the issue

While people ages 65 and older make up about 20% of Canada’s population (a significant yet growing portion), there is limited data on how many are at risk or currently experience mental health issues and conditions. This gap, along with a range of health, support, and environmental barriers, adversely impacts equitable mental health and care outcomes for this group. With the COVID-19 pandemic intensifying their mental health challenges and highlighting the urgent need for policy and practice interventions, it is imperative to prioritize, promote, and value the mental health and wellness of Canada’s older adults.

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