Dr Brian Draper of the University of New South Wales and the DCRC - Assessment and Better Care recently appeared on ABC Radio National's 'Life Matters' program to discuss self-harm in the older adult population. Dr Draper highlights that although self-harm decreases in prevalence with age, the nature of the harm changes substantially for older adults. Older adults are more likely to harm themselves in failed suicide attempts or inadvertently harm themselves through drug misuse or in an attempt to manage agitation or distress caused by another condition.

Dr Draper discusses these differences along with how initial steps may be taken to ameliorate this situation in the discussion recorded below:

ABC Radio National - Life Matters: Self-harm as we age

 

Other stories from this edition of Dementia Research News:

Director's report and welcome from Prof Elizabeth Beattie

Examining the use of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)

The use of biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease

Pain and Pain Management for RACF and Community Settings

 

News in brief:

Diagnosing mild cognitive impairment in linguistic minorities

Scholarship opportunity with the DCRC

Managing Depression Growing Older

Drug reduces amyloid plaques in mice

Self-harm in older adults