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date: 23 October 2020

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Older community-dwelling adults generally do not receive mental health care in equal proportion to need, and this reflects a global phenomenon. A number of studies have begun to look at the effectiveness of treatment for late-life depression and anxiety in non-mental health settings where older adults receive services, in particular primary care and community-based service settings. Mental healthcare in non-traditional settings has the possibility of increasing reach and accessibility of treatment for older adults. Continued research is needed to expand this care through continued implementation in primary care and community settings and, potentially, beyond. As this area continues to broaden, so does the possibility of reaching many older adults who are experiencing anxiety and depression, thereby increasing their overall quality of life.

Keywords: depression, anxiety, older adults, treatment, community, primary care

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