Chapter 23. Social Determinants of Late Life Disorders

  1. Craig Morgan and
  2. Dinesh Bhugra
  1. Robert Stewart

Published Online: 28 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch23

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

How to Cite

Stewart, R. (2010) Social Determinants of Late Life Disorders, in Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition (eds C. Morgan and D. Bhugra), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch23

Editor Information

  1. NIH Biomedical Research Centre and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK

Author Information

  1. Section of Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470697139

Online ISBN: 9780470684214

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Keywords:

  • social determinants of late life disorders;
  • specialist consideration of ‘early life’ - easily justified, syndromes of mental distress in childhood;
  • concepts of social class and socioeconomic status - also changing;
  • ‘late life’ - statutory retirement age, cut-off point separating ‘mid-life’ from ‘late life’;
  • social determinants of dementia - distinction between ‘organic’ and ‘functional’ mental disorders;
  • protective effect of higher education on risk of dementia - reasons not fully understood;
  • other social determinants of dementia;
  • depression and other mental disorders in late life;
  • built environment, important factor in late life mental health;
  • social isolation, key aetiological factor in late onset psychosis

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is so Special about ‘Late Life’?

  • What is ‘Late Life’?

  • The Social Determinants of Dementia

  • Depression and other Mental Disorders in Late Life

  • Conclusions

  • References