(Editor’s note: This content is provided by the John A. Hartford Foundation, a Next Avenue sponsor.)
A recent post on the website of the American Society on Aging gives an example of how rural older adults may benefit from having their mental health issues coordinated with their primary care.
Shirley, a woman in her late 80s in rural Bedford County, Penn., reports that her experience at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Bedford Memorial Hospital has been unique. Her mental health has been valued at the same level as her physical health, and all of her visits to the medical center have been orchestrated among her providers, she says.
Her experience is the result of primary and mental health care integration. That type of integration is particularly important for older adults.
Read more of this post here.
Next Avenue is bringing you stories that are not only motivating and inspiring but are also changing lives. We know that because we hear it from our readers every single day. One reader says,
"Every time I read a post, I feel like I'm able to take a single, clear lesson away from it, which is why I think it's so great."
Your generous donation will help us continue to bring you the information you care about. What story will you help make possible?