Share of older adults with mental health needs worldwide 2021

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who reported a mental health need in 2021 worldwide

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Release date

January 2022



Survey time period

March 1 to June 14, 2021

Number of respondents

18,477 respondents

Age group

65 years and older

Special properties

US adults are limited to those enrolled in Medicare

Method of interview

Telephone interviews and online survey

Supplementary notes

Mental health need — Respondents reported they had ever been told they had depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions, or respondent experienced emotional distress such as anxiety or great sadness they felt difficult to cope with by themselves in the past 12 months.
Respondents: 18,477 adults age 65 and older across 11 countries: Australia (501), Canada (4,332), France (1,751), Germany (1,163), Netherlands (630), New Zealand (500), Norway (500), Sweden (3,018), Switzerland (2,597), United Kingdom (1,876), United States (1,609).

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