Health in the News
IMPH’s Behavioral Health Taskforce and Long-Term Care Taskforce reports have been in the news recently.
The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that one in 10 people over 60 experiences elder mistreatment (i.e., abuse or neglect), which translates to nearly six million cases every year. According to Macie Smith, Program Development and Training Manager for the Arnold School’s Office for the Study of Aging (OSA), this number is actually much higher due to underreporting. And as the U.S. population continues to age, this number will only increase over time. Smith suggests working with policymakers in order to educate them about the effects of chronic caregiving on the aging population and its impact on our society as a whole.
The Greenville News spoke to Maya Pack and referenced and the Behavioral Health Taskforce report, “Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems” for their recent article on substance abuse in South Carolina.