The Doncaster IAPT Service has identified people over the age of 65 as a special group and is actively working to increase the number of over 65s entering our service.
Recent initiatives have included creating over 65 champions in the service, forming a partnership with Doncaster Age UK where we are now:
- running monthly training sessions for them
- sending letters to all their service users and carers on mental wellbeing
- contacting local retirement living developments and assisted living environments as well as offering targeted relaxation for wellbeing sessions in the community.
It is estimated that one in five over-65’s living in the community is affected by depression or anxiety. However, the proportion of people over 65 years old referred to IAPT services is lower than the proportion in the general population which seems to drop further as age increases. As a result Doncaster IAPT is working hard to continue to encourage more people over the age of 65 to refer into our service if they think they need help and support for to improve their mental health.
Coronavirus and mental health
Following a survey in August 2020 into the resilience of mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic among adults aged 16 and over, 39% of the population say that the pandemic has negatively affected their wellbeing through, for example, boredom, loneliness, anxiety, stress etc.
This figure is now increasing, especially in people aged over 70yrs who are coping less well as the restrictions continue which highlights why looking after Mental Wellbeing in this age range is even more important at this time.
If you are interested in understanding how Doncaster IAPT can help, you can learn about Bernie’s story from NHS England.
Additional information for Over 65s
Research shows therapies are as effective for retired people as for those of working age. We also know that there are a range of other issues that affect our mental health and wellbeing as we get older.
Here are some of these issues:
- Depression and anxiety
- Eye health
- Hearing loss
You may be receiving treatment already for physical conditions, but if you or someone in your family needs further support with mental health and wellbeing associated with this, we have a range of treatments that can support you and make improvements to your quality of life.