The Royal College of Psychiatrists state that “depression is the most common mental health problem ..” for older adults 65+
It affects 22% of men and 28% of women in that age group (1).
Everyone can feel sad sometimes but if this is continued or you are feelin anxious regularly, Age UK state there are other elements to look out for:
- A lack of interest in things you would normally enjoy
- Reluctance to leave the house
- Feeling tired
- Loss of appetite or eating more than usual
- Loss of confidence and feelings of pointlessness
- More irritable than previously
- Self critical or feelings of guilt (2)
If you are experiencing any of these, they are some great resources available that will signpost you to find the help you need.
Here we’ve listed just a few resources:
- Age UK Your Mind Matter (PDF, 3MB)
- NHS Mental Health and Wellbeing website
- Mind UK website
- Royal College of Psychiatrists website
- Mental Health Apps & Tools from the NHS
There’s also a number of steps you can take right now with most of them centre around taking step towards a healthy lifestyle.
Exercising not only improves physical health but releases chemicals in your brain that improve your mood. Even moderate exercise can you feel happier afterwards, as well as sleep better and keep your heart healthy.
Of course if you can get out and about then this is ideal. Mobility might be difficult but with support it’s amazing what can be achieved when you are determined. It might only be trip into your garden or a short walk, but it will boost your mood.
Communicate & Socialise
Easily said but it might be difficult especially in recent times. Where people are isolated in their own homes, friends, family and professional carers can play a big role. Seeing them and talking can give you a different perspective. It can brighten up your day.
With plenty of ways to communicate via mobiles and the internet, staying in touch has never been easier even if you can’t be physically present.
If your appetite has deserted you then making healthy choices about your diet can give you a boost.
If grocery shopping is difficult then talk to us as we can assist you in a number of ways, including meal plans and food suggestions.
Good nutrition provides our brain fuel which helps to balance mood.
Ensuring you get enough sleep is an important factor in keeping happy and healthy.
Regular poor sleep can contribute to some serious medical conditions.
Aim for between 7 to 8 hours to ensure your body and mind is fully rested.
Ask for help
Don’t suffer alone and in silence. There are now more resources available then ever before.
If speaking to family or friends isn’t an option, there are support groups, local services and your GP too.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help to get yourself back on track.
If you or a loved one need some extra support to put some of these things into action, then please do consider our team care experts who have vast experience in this area.
Get in touch for confidential, caring and no-obligation advice and support call Helping Hands Care, on 01395 264 767.
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