Strengthening Mental Health in Older Adults

Senior mental health

Taking care of our mental health is so important — especially as we age. Having poor mental health not only leads to depression and anxiety, but it can cause your physical health to suffer, too.

It’s essential to learn how to protect your mental health as you grow older — even if you aren’t currently experiencing any issues. Most of us feel down every so often — like having the post-holiday blues. However, this past year has taught us that we never know what will be thrown our way. So, if we have mental health coping skills in place, we can better manage rough periods. Plus, as mentioned above, we keep our entire body healthier and happier when our mental health is strengthened. Here are some things you can start to do now to improve your mental health.

 

Stay Social

Having strong social connections keeps you busy and is proven to improve your mental and physical health.

Staying social can mean anything from joining several clubs to setting up a simple video or phone chat with a loved one once a week. Find a person — or group(s) of people — who you enjoy talking to and make a commitment to communicate with them regularly.

 

Keep Active

Exercising is crucial for our mental and physical health! So, if you’re not already doing some sort of movement during the week, it’s time to start. If you’re hesitant about what to do, try starting with a few gentle stretches, short walks, swimming, and even gardening. These are all great ways to keep active when you’re just starting out or have any mobility limits.

 

Do What You Need To Do

If you’ve had something on your mind for a while, it’s time to finally deal with it. No matter if it’s a difficult conversation you’ve been putting off, getting paperwork in order, purging items you no longer need, or dealing with a problematic relationship. Once you get it done, you’ll feel a huge relief.

 

Be Caring

Doing something for others can make you feel needed and boost self-esteem. These are essential things to do to protect your mental health.

If you have any children or grandchildren, spend time with or care for them as often as you can. If not, perhaps you can look into volunteering with children or simply spending time with them through programs like Volunteer Grandparents. Playing games, doing puzzles, or reading with kids truly helps raise your spirits.

You can also make a difference by volunteering with seniors or other age groups. Help out at events to raise awareness for your favourite charity, make meals for seniors, drive people with mobility issues to appointments, read to visually impaired people, or just sit and talk to people who need companions.

 

Watch What You Eat

Eating a nutritious diet often helps to protect your mental health. The vitamins and nourishment you get from eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and making healthier choices help with physical and mental health.

Of course, you can still enjoy a hot fudge sundae every so often — occasional indulgences give you something to look forward to!

 

Talk to Us at Trillium Communities

Our team at Trillium Communities works with each individual living in one of our assisted living or independent living communities to ensure they’re getting what they need. Our staff know how to help seniors with their mental health, and we love to listen and help you in any way we can. We offer nutritious meals and plenty of activities to participate in. Contact us today to find out more about our boutique communities.