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Tips For Taking Care Of Senior Mental Health

Your 1+1 Team
September 7, 2022

Maintaining mental health is vital at any age. Seniors can still experience emotional and mental disorders due to a variety of factors such as social isolation and changes to their health. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), one in four older adults have a mental illness with depression being the most common. While older generations tend to disregard mental health, ignoring it will only bring further pain to the years they were meant to enjoy! If your aging loved one was brought up not knowing how to take care of their mental health, here are some simple ways they can start:

1. Participate in social activities

Seniors often experience loneliness and it has a significant impact on their mental health. Taking part in social activities such as book clubs and bingo nights can help your loved one avoid social isolation and feel a part of a community. Senior living communities commonly host activities for older adults to stay active and get necessary social interaction.

2. Maintain a good sleep schedule

Studies have shown how the lack of sleep can diminish mental health, reduce the quality of life, and increase hospitalizations and mortality rates. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep will benefit your loved one’s health and give them the energy boost they need to feel good during the day.

3. Consult medical professionals

Older generations grew up with a stigma surrounding mental health. They may not be used to the idea of seeking help. However, there is no shame in receiving support so you can get better. Seniors often benefit from mental health counseling and treatment.

4. Spend time with loved ones

As said previously, social isolation is a major contributor to the decline of a senior’s mental health. Whether it’s their lack of mobility or busy schedules, it can be difficult for aging adults to connect with their loved ones. Make sure your elderly parent is surrounded by their family and friends regularly. Visit, communicate online and offer them to babysit as much as you can. A study from the Gerontological Society of America stated grandparents spending time with their grandchildren benefits their mental health. Support from loved ones is vital to maintaining our mental health.

5. Continue to do what you love

If your loved one is in retirement and cooped up at home then it is the perfect time to do the hobbies they once loved! Having a hobby has been proven to benefit mental health. It offers that sense of purpose and fulfillment by giving you something to look forward to every day. Seniors are encouraged to revisit their passions and continue to discover what they love.

If you notice mental changes in your loved one, you can help them by making sure they’re taking care of themselves and have the support system they need. You can read more tips for mental health here.

1+1 Cares is a referral agency that works for clients and caregivers. We match caregivers with clients and inform them of your requirements. We work for you so you and your loved one can have a safe, enjoyable caregiving experience.

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