America’s population is aging. Approximately 75 million Americans will be over age 65 by 2030. The cohort of people aged 65 and over is currently growing at a significantly faster rate than the group of Americans under the age of 45.
Many older Americans struggle with mental health issues. A 2012 study from the Institute on Medicine found that approximately one in five older adults in the US experience a mental illness, substance use disorder, or both. While that seems like a lot, it also means 80 percent do not experience mental health issues.