There are a variety of things to consider when talking about mental health. For seniors, mental health can be about keeping the mind alert and agile in its ability to store, process and access information and daily skills. Sensory stimulation is important in helping preserve and sometimes restore the areas of our brain that help us maintain independence. Learn how sensory activities can benefit older adults.
And, what about our mental health in terms of our emotions and feelings? Seniors are at an increased risk for a change in mental health, but it is not a normal part of aging. Being aware of how to take care of your body, mind and spirit are all essential to mental health. Seeking professional help early can improve the quality of your life — no matter what your age. See what steps you can take to improve in this area.
If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else you can get immediate help bycalling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or chatting with them online.