The state of mental healthcare for the elderly is a growing concern says Prof
3 in every 10 South Africans that are older than 60 will need medication for mental health in the future.
This statistic is one of the main reasons why industry professional, and Member of the South African Society of Psychiatrists Professor Felix Potocnik is raising concerns around the state of mental healthcare for the elderly in South Africa.
The entire continent of Sub-Saharan Africa has an aging population.Professor Felix Potocnik, member of the South African Society of Psychiatrists
Professor Potocnik says that in a couple of decades, we’ll constitute about 70% of the worlds aging population.
He adds that one of the major issues is dementia, which is a condition that’s difficult to treat and can last as long as 23 years.
This condition can be very draining because it takes an immensely emotional and financial toll on all those involved.
Professor Potocnik says that they have treatments for all these conditions. These treatments can make managing patients easier for the caregiver he adds.
If they don’t have access they need to travel. We need more clinics; we need to have more outreach problems – that’s always a difficult one.Professor Felix Potocnik, member of the South African Society of Psychiatrists
Click on the link below to hear about how you can address mental illness now…
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : The state of mental healthcare for the elderly is a growing concern says Prof
It’s game time, Mzansi, says legend-of-legends John Kani. Arabile Gumede interviews advertising expert Andy Rice.Read More
What is Robinhood? Why is Tesla booming? Arabile Gumede interviews Paul Theron, potty-mouthed MD of Vestact Asset Management.Read More
Wits University has awarded the doctorate in literature in recognition of Kani's contribution to the arts and social justice.Read More
Talent strategist and leadership coach Anja van Beek gives advice on how to remain resilient through lockdown.Read More
Arabile Gumede interviews actress Dineo Moeketsi (Langa) about her attitude to money and beliefs about it.Read More
Bruce Whitfield interviews reps from the Restaurant Association Of SA, Business Unity SA and the National Liquor Traders Council.Read More
Clinical psychologist Khosi Jiyane says it is important to engage them and get to know how they are feeling because of COVID-19.Read More
Talented actor, dancer, comedian and activist Siv Ngesi says where there is uncomfortability that is where the growth is happening.Read More
The rapper urged South Africans to adhere to social distancing guidelines and to wear their masks.Read More
The 80-year-old passed away over the weekend at Park Lane hospital in Johannesburg.Read More