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Checking In On Mental Health:Tips and Resources for Senior Well-Being


May is Mental Health Awareness month and according to the National Council on Aging, around 20% of adults aged 55 and older experience mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety.

Despite this, mental health is often overlooked in seniors. While aging is a natural process that brings about physical changes, it doesn’t mean that mental health changes need to be ignored. Here are some ways to check up on mental health for seniors and some simple steps they can take to boost their overall well-being.

Warning Signs and Resources

Seniors who experience prolonged feelings of sadness, confusion, or fear may be experiencing early symptoms of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or dementia. Other warning signs may include personality changes, decreased interest in activities they once enjoyed, and extreme irritability. If you notice these signs or have concerns about your mental health or that of a loved one, it’s important to seek help.

Reaching out to your senior’s doctor is an important first step. Their doctor may be able to recommend a mental health professional or a therapist that can help manage symptoms.

Senior centers are another great place to seek assistance. Senior centers may offer education on mental health issues or offer community classes that may help boost your seniors morale. Another resource is the National Institute of Mental Health where you can find information about mental health providers, specialized hotlines, and the latest research on mental health conditions.

Simple Ways to Boost Mental Health

Boosting mental health doesn’t have to be complicated or strenuous. Seniors can start with simple steps like getting enough sleep, participating in light exercise such as chair yoga, or going for a walk. Being physically active can help improve overall well-being and relieve stress.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet can also help to prevent and manage mental health conditions. Additionally, socializing with friends, family, and participating in community activities can help prevent feelings of loneliness and social isolation that often contribute to mental health issues for seniors. For more ways to help out your seniors, check out our blog here for some tips on how to show your appreciation and care.

In conclusion, seniors’ mental health is an essential aspect of their overall well-being. Being aware of warning signs and resources, as well as incorporating simple steps as mentioned above, can help seniors improve their mental health and live a healthier, more fulfilling life.

If you or a loved one suspects or confirms a mental health issue, seeking help from professionals can help prevent the condition from worsening and ensure your senior is getting the care they deserve. Sometimes paperwork alone can create anxiety and stress for seniors. If you or a senior you care about are looking to apply for Medicaid be sure to get your paperwork in order so that the process is simplified. If you need help with applying, reach out to Metro Eldercare Agency today!

Working with a team of experts that truly care, can make all the difference when advocating for yourself and what you need. For more info on the Medicaid deadlines check out our informational blog here.