Special Issue "Mental Disorders in Older Adults"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Raimundo Mateos
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Guest Editor
Department of Psychiatry, Radiology, Public Health, Nursing and Medicine, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela 15782, Spain
Interests: psychiatric epidemiology; geriatric psychiatry; psychogeriatrics; cognitive impairment and dementia; telepsychiatry; organization of psychogeriatric care
Prof. Dr. Manuel Franco-Martín
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Psychiatry and Mental Health Department, University Rio Hortega Hospital, 47012 Valladolid, Spain Psychiatry and Mental Health Department, Complejo Asistencial de Zamora (Hosp. Provincial), Av. Hernán Cortes, 40, 49021 Zamora, Spain
Interests: technology applied in mental health; geriatric psychiatry; psychogeriatrics; psychosocial approaches to dementia
Prof. Dr. Tzung-Jeng Hwang
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Guest Editor
1. Neurobiology and Cognitive Science Center, National Taiwan University, Taipei 100, Taiwan
2. Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei 100, Taiwan
Interests: geriatric psychiatry; mild cognitive impairment and dementia; psychopharmacology
Prof. Dr. Iva Holmerová
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Centre of Expertise in Longevity and Long-Term Care, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University and Centre of Gerontology, Šimůnkova 1600, 182 00 Praha, Czech Republic
Interests: dementia; long-term care; geriatric-medicine; nursing home medicine

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a Special Issue on mental disorders in older persons in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/ijerph.

According to the WHO, between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world's population over 60 years will double from about 11% to 22%, and the number of people aged 80 years or older will have almost quadrupled. The figures will be much higher in developed/Western countries, but low- and middle-income countries will experience the most rapid and dramatic demographic change.

The main causes of disability in this population will be chronic diseases, including depression, dementia, and other mental disorders. Although some of the variations in older people’s health reflect their genetic inheritance, most will be the result of their physical and social environments.

In this context, there is an urgent need to carefully study the mental health of older populations around the globe, taking into account the specificities of the aging process and the social and environmental context, because, following WHO again, comprehensive public health action will require fundamental shifts in how we think about aging and health.

This Special Issue will focus on the mental health of older persons and major intrinsic and extrinsic factors that influence it.

Prof. Dr. Raimundo Mateos
Prof. Dr. Manuel Franco-Martín
Prof. Dr. Tzung-Jeng Hwang
Prof. Dr. Iva Holmerová
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Older persons 
  • Older adults
  • Aged
  • Mental disorders
  • Mental health
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Health services for aged
  • Psychosocial interventions
  • Prevention and mental health
  • Nursing homes
  • Long term care

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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