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Mental health of older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons from history to guide our future

  • Terence W. H. Chong (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4), Eleanor Curran (a3) (a4), David Ames (a2) (a3), Nicola T. Lautenschlager (a3) (a4) and David J. Castle (a1) (a2)...
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Correspondence should be addressed to: Dr Terence W. H. Chong, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, St George’s Campus, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, 283 Cotham Road, Kew, Victoria 3101, Australia. Phone: +61 3 9231 8485; Fax: +61 3 9231 8477. Email: twhc@unimelb.edu.au

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Mental health of older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons from history to guide our future

  • Terence W. H. Chong (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4), Eleanor Curran (a3) (a4), David Ames (a2) (a3), Nicola T. Lautenschlager (a3) (a4) and David J. Castle (a1) (a2)...

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