It’s a sad fact that mental health for seniors such as depression and anxiety affect many older adults and are often overlooked.
In fact, according to the World Health Organisation 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder.
Why are these numbers so high?
* Struggles with physical health can lead to mental
* Health problems.
* Loneliness can cause anxiety and depression.
* The loss of mobility or the inability to do what we could when we were younger can lead to depression.
And there are many other reasons.
That’s why it’s so important to take proactive measures in monitoring the day-to-day mental health of seniors while also doing everything you can to improve it.
Here are a few ways you can get started
Exercise is essential for both the body and mind.
Go for a daily walk or join a senior exercise class.
at a community centre or gym.
Stay Connected to Friends & Family.
Spend as much time as you can with friends and family.
Not only will this give you something to look forward to but those bonds you’ll create will help you stay focused on the joy in your life. It will also defeat loneliness.
Socialise at Senior Centres.
Connect with others your age who share the same interests and hobbies. Consider card game nights or start a new craft with friends. It’s a great way to keep your mind sharp while ensuring you stay socially active and engaged.
Use Technology to your Advantage
Turn to social media platforms like Facebook where you can interact with old friends and make new ones. It’s also a great way to stay connected with family who don’t live close to you.
Create a Memory Book
Sharing old photos, organising and categorising your memories is not only great for the mind but wonderful for the soul. Create a memory book for your grandchildren and add in personal notes and trinkets.
Get a Pet
Pets offer great companionship which can eliminate loneliness while also helping you become more socially engaged. Plus if you get a dog, daily walking is great exercise
Learn Something New
Keep your mind sharp by learning a new skill. Consider taking a class such as painting, gardening or cooking. What about learning a new language!
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