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 tend to be more at risk for depression due to reduced contact with their support system and increased isolating habits and behaviors. Older adults also experience more medical issues which are tied to depressive symptoms.
Potential signs of mental health distress in seniors may include loss of pleasure in activities they used to enjoy, decreased appetite and weight loss and reduction of social contacts, and supports.
It is important to attend to mental health just like you would physical health to promote overall wellness and quality of life.
At The Princeton Senior Living, Lee’s Summit, MO 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.