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Elderly mental health linked to physical illnesses - study | RNZ

Age Concern's educator on elder abuse and neglect Hanny Naus said the research pointed to the need for better support services for the psychological and emotion needs of older people.

"If people are less able to get out themselves, the chances of being able to attend appointments or be part of groups, the barriers are higher, unless they're taken to those services or offered in homes" she said.

However, she said from Age Concern's experience DHBs are becoming less able to offer people those services in their own home.
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