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Looking After Your Mental Health During Your Golden Years

Looking After Your Mental Health During Your Golden Years

Taking Care of Your Emotional Wellness As You Age

While there is often a focus on promoting physical health and wellness as you get older, your mental and emotional health is just as important. The health experts at Parrish Healthcare are here to share some tips to help you look after your emotional wellness.

Older People & Mental Illness

Research has shown that older adults living with chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes are more susceptible to developing depression and other mental health issues. However, older adults are less likely to seek professional treatment for depression symptoms than younger adults making it increasingly important for seniors to take care of their emotional wellness.

Signs & Symptoms of Mental Health Problems

Common signs and symptoms of declining mental health in older adults include

  • Noticeable behavioral changes
  • Changes in energy levels
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Increased feelings of worry and stress
  • Increased irritability
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Obsessive thinking
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Frequent headaches
  • Digestion issues
  • Engaging in high-risk activities

Tips for Supporting Mental & Emotional Health

The following activities can help you to support your mental health as a senior:

  • Spending time with loved ones
  • Painting
  • Journaling
  • Playing music
  • Bike riding
  • Swimming
  • Gardening
  • Puzzle games
  • Getting a pet
  • Hiking
  • Nature walking

If you still feel as though your mental health is declining, be sure to speak with your primary care doctor so they can refer you out to the appropriate specialist.

Senior Health Services in Titusville

At Parrish Healthcare, we offer a variety of services, programs, and amenities specific to the needs of our elderly patients. When you choose our geriatric care team, you can be confident that you and your loved ones will receive the compassionate, high-quality care that you deserve.

Whether you’re in need of a regular check-up or you have a health concern, we’re here to help. Contact Parrish Medical Group's Geriatric Care Team to schedule your next visit.