Driving a car is a taken-for-granted activity that many of us do regularly. But what happens when the car you are driving is different in form and function than what you are familiar with?
The persistent ideas that older people with mental health issues do not represent a large enough group to merit attention, and that older people do not experience mental health concerns beyond Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are dangerous notions with tangible consequences. If these beliefs endure, mental illnesses among older people are likely to continue to go unrecognized, and therefore remain unaddressed.
Within social gerontological research, there has been an overwhelming focus on the care needs of older people experiencing physical and cognitive declines. Implicit in discussions of eldercare are questions of dependency, power, and the use and control of resources.