Poll shows many seniors not getting mental health interventions: Large majorities of older Americans experience significant gaps in their health care, according to a new national survey, “How Does It Feel? The Older Adult Health Care Experience,” released by the John A. Hartford Foundation. The poll focused exclusively on Americans age 65 and older and assessed whether in the past 12 months patients had received key medical services to support healthy aging, including an annual medication review, a falls risk assessment and history, depression screening, referral to community-based health resources, and discussion of their ability to perform routine daily tasks and activities without help—all critical elements of a standard geriatric assessment. This type of low-cost geriatric care can manage and lower risk of many preventable health problems. Yet only 7% of older adults surveyed received all recommended services, 52% reported receiving none or only one, and 76% received fewer than half. For example, when asked whether a health care provider had asked about “your mood, such as whether you are sad, anxious, or depressed,” 62% said no. In addition, more than two-thirds had not heard of Medicare's annual wellness visit, which is available free to seniors and pays doctors nearly three times as much as an average office visit. This poll result may be overstated because Medicare's records suggest that uptake is only 6.5%. The poll, which was conducted for the first time earlier this year, surveyed 1,028 Americans age 65 and older and has a margin of error of ±3.1 percentage points. More information on the results is available at www.jhartfound.org/learning-center/hartford-poll-2012.