May 6, 2022
Mental Health Awareness Month was originally celebrated in 1949. That was 73 years ago! The goals of the sponsoring organization, originally the National Committee for Mental Hygiene (now Mental Health America), were to improve attitudes toward mental health/illness, improve services for mental health clients, and promote mental health.
Older adults are at a higher risk for depression due to social isolation and loneliness. Older adults with a family history of depression may be at higher risk. Many older adults have physical limitations making activities of daily living and exercising more difficult.
There are several potential signs of distress in seniors such as changes in personal care, changes in eating habits, and issues with memory. They may exhibit the common symptoms of hopelessness, guilt, irritability, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating or sleeping, as well as suicidal thoughts. Older adults may also have a feeling of numbness or lack of interest in activities they once found pleasure in, and they may not be willing to talk about their feelings.
It is important to attend to mental health just like you would physical health. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It will affect how we think, feel, and act. Healthy mental health can reduce suicide, family conflict, and substance abuse.
At VITALIA Active Adult Community® – North Olmsted North Olmsted, OH we understand depression is a treatable condition like diabetes or hypertension. Don’t settle for being depressed at any age! It is not a normal part of getting older. A primary care physician or mental health specialist can address chronic feelings of sadness.
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January 6, 2023
Every year Arrow’s personal and professional development coach, Michael Buckley, asks everyone to pick a “Word of the Year.” The goal is to look inward and consider what we each need more of and what might improve our lives. Sometimes we need more focus or clarity. Sometimes we need more compassion. Sometimes we just need […]
December 30, 2022
Did you know “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is quite a unique song? Besides the fact the singer’s true love gives a lot of very bird-heavy gifts, it has a long and interesting history. The first written documentation of the song was in an English children’s book from 1780 titled Mirth With-Out Mischief and the […]