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Mental illness compounds elder care crisis


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 13, 2013

~~<p>The challenge presented by Hawaii's &quot;silver wave&quot; &mdash; the surge of elders growing infirm as the baby boom generation retires &mdash; has many facets, not the least of which is the accompanying increase in those with mental illness also requiring nursing care.</p>
<p>There are simply too many frail elders whose physical ailments have developed alongside or after a lifetime of mental illness for the network of licensed adult residential care homes (known as ARCHs) to handle. And the need to solve this problem is urgent, given that the numbers of clients needing care are only going to increase. The shortage is expected to compound quickly, as well.</p>
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The challenge presented by Hawaii's "silver wave" — the surge of elders growing infirm as the baby boom generation retires — has many facets, not the least of which is the accompanying increase in those with mental illness also requiring nursing care.

There are simply too many frail elders whose physical ailments have developed alongside or after a lifetime of mental illness for the network of licensed adult residential care homes (known as ARCHs) to handle. And the need to solve this problem is urgent, given that the numbers of clients needing care are only going to increase. The shortage is expected to compound quickly, as well. Login for more...



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