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Episode Info: On this episode of the Make a Mental Note podcast, Erin Patel, a licensed psychologist, discusses older veterans that seek mental health care and methods of helping them improve their mental health. Give it a listen and find out why this episode is worthy of a mental note!  Get the show notes on the "Make a Mental Note" page at http://www.chrisquarto.com/ Click here to subscribe to the Make a Mental Note podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/make-a-mental-note/id1035476864?mt=2 Mental Notes: * The Veterans Administration offers different types of mental health care to veterans and their families including inpatient and outpatient services and long-term treatment (e.g., nursing home-type facilities). In some cases, VA therapists provide services to veterans in their homes – either by visiting them at their homes or via telemental health (the VA system version of Skype). * Older veterans present with various types of problems such as long standing mental health problems that continue late into life (e.g., depression, anxiety, PTSD), adjustment issues relating to late life (e.g., difficulty adjusting to retirement, health conditions, loss of a spouse, role shifts) and providing care for a loved with a cognitive disorder (e.g., dementia). * Not all issues that veterans deal with are combat-related. A lot of the issues are everyday types of problems/current stressors that are impacting their lives now. * The VA provides training experiences to psychologists and other mental health professionals. * Oftentimes, older veterans present with co-morbid health problems (e.g., diabetes, COPD) that play a role in their mental health problems. Sometimes physical problems will give the appearance of mental health problems while in other cases they exacerbate them. * In some cases, veterans do not seek treatment until they are seniors when something has happened that they are unable to deal with successfully on their own (e.g., loss of a loved one). * Differences in working with older adults vs. young adults. First, helping break down the stereotype of what mental health treatment is is important. Many older adults were raised at a time when it was not acceptable to talk about mental health problems or seek ou
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