Mental health comprises our emotional, social and psychological well-being and affects many aspects of our day-to-day lives. When we’re feeling stressed, making decisions and even spending time with friends and family, our mental health coordinates the way our minds think, feel and act.
At any age, mental wellness is vital to a healthy lifestyle, but as we grow older, we can become more susceptible to mental health issues.
It’s important to understand the role that good mental health plays, and since October 10th is World Mental Health Day, Astral at Auburn wants to give you the tips you need to know to keep your brain happy and healthy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, it’s been estimated that about 20% of older adults above the age of 55 are facing mental health issues. Most commonly, issues such as anxiety, mood disorders (like depression), and severe cognitive impairment.
Anxiety and depression can impair mental health at any age, but these mood disorders can accelerate other physical and mental impairments in older adults.
Our minds are our most vital organ; just like other body parts, we must keep our brains exercised and taken care of to ensure a positive mindset.
Here’s the good news: exercising your brain isn’t difficult! In fact, you probably have already incorporated some form of mental care into your daily or weekly routine.
The world’s population is rapidly aging, and the World Health Organization estimates that between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will nearly double, from 12% to 22% – this is an increase of 900 million to 2 billion people over the age of 60.
However, 20% of the senior population is facing mental health issues, ranging from depression and anxiety to cognitive disorders.
Unfortunately, many of these mental health problems can often be overlooked by healthcare providers at any age. The stigmas associated with mental health complications also create a reluctance to speak up and ask for proper help. If you or a loved one are dealing with a mental health crisis, talk to your healthcare provider about how you’ve been feeling, how it’s been affecting your day-to-day life, and discuss treatment options. Whether it’s therapy, medication, or simply engaging in a more active lifestyle, it’s never too late to receive the help you need!
At Astral at Auburn, we understand that mental wellness is vital for maintaining a life of purpose and meaning, and we want to help residents take care of their mental health and create a healthier mindset.
For more resources and guides to increasing mental wellness, visit our website and discover how purposeful living at Astral at Auburn can create a healthy and happy environment for you or someone you love.
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