In a previous blog post this month, we talked about mental health risk factors for seniors and the elderly. Mental health struggles may not be uncommon for people in older age groups.
But there’s also ways to treat mental health issues before they come chronic problems. Here are seven tips for the prevention and treatment of mental health issues in seniors and the elderly.
- Reach out for help immediately if you’re in distress. Never feel like you should wait if you’re struggling with thoughts of self-harm, including suicide. Call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also call the emergency room of your nearest hospital or contact the staff at your assisted living facility.
- Be responsive to your medical issues. If you don’t seek treatment for new physical problems, they could get worse and also affect your mental health. It’s best to seek medical attention right away.
- It’s never too late to start something new. Making good choices and living a healthier, fuller life is something you can always start no matter how old you are. Even starting small with your new changes can make a big difference, especially with your mental health.
- Eat well and live well. One of the best ways to take care of your brain is to eat nutritious foods. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Add lean and high-quality proteins. Choose healthy fats, foods rich in calcium and whole grains. Avoid sugary foods, carbonated beverages, refined carbohydrates, and foods that are heavily processed and high in saturated fats.
- Sleep well and feel good. Getting the proper amount of sleep is vital for your mental health. People may need different amounts of sleep, but one of the important things to do is to make a habit of going to bed and getting up at the same times. If you’re having sleep troubles, see a doctor or specialist.
- Enjoy physical exercise. Have a goal of exercising several times a week. You can walk, have a stretching routine, swim, do other activities such as yoga, or do other things to get your blood pumping. Enjoying good physical health and being active helps your mental health and how you feel about yourself. Especially when you involve goals and achieve them.
- Give your mind a workout. A key factor for good mental health is to learn new things. Whether you’re reading books or magazines, or doing crossword puzzles or sudoku, or playing Wordle or trying brain teasers, working your mind is great for your mental health.
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