Is Mental Health Help for People over 50?


Posted on: 19 June 2019 by Ashley Mills

Mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are not just for younger people; they affect even the elderly. In fact, research shows that one in five older people living in the community and two in five people living in care homes suffer from depression or poor mental health.

As we grow older, the mental health needs changes. Growing older brings in a new phase of life that has its unique challenges and trials. Some of these challenges can make you feel stressed and burdened. And for that matter, seniors need assistance and support to tackle these challenges and trials.

The following are 5 incredible ways that can help seniors to better their mental health.

1. Talk about your problems and concerns

Handling your problems and worries become easier when you talk about them. It helps to rationalize your thoughts and make you understand your situation better or how you feel. It makes you feel that you are not alone. You can talk to your friends and family or a person who you can confide in such as a counselor.

It’s worth noting that talking about your problems and concerns does not mean that you have to lay yourself open on how you feel or discuss your emotions. Talking about your feelings or emotions don’t show that you are weak; it shows that you are taking charge of your wellbeing.

2. Being active

Doing regular exercise is one of the proven ways to take care of yourself. Exercises help in boosting your self-esteem and confidence, promoting good sleep patterns, and it also offers you a chance to meet people. Exercising doesn’t mean that you have to go to the gym, you can dance, take a walk, or even do dog walking. Being active doesn’t have to be costly; several councils offer activities at lower rates for the seniors. 

3. Getting enough sleep

Getting adequate sleep allows your body and mind to rest and re-energize. Lack of enough sleep can cause problems such as poor concentration, irritability, low mood, etc. in the longer run, lack of sleep can lead to mental health problems such as anxiety, stress, and depression. You can also talk to your doctor if you have insomnia so that he can suggest solutions or change your medication.

4. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating a balanced diet can help in maintaining positive mental health. You should include fruits and vegetables, and wholegrain in your diet. Sugary food can give a sugar rush, and you can feel tired and low when the sugar rush subsides. Healthier foods are properly absorbed, and therefore, there are no mood swings. Always drink lots of water to prevent dehydration.

5. Ask for help

When you feel overwhelmed, you can ask for help from your friends and family. However, the support you get from friends and family cannot be enough because they are not equipped with the right knowledge that you need. You can seek emotional help from a counselor or this informative mental health site if you feel down or anxious for prolonged periods.


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Jhon Ron posted 01 September 2019

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress , relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.


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Sarah McGlashan posted 23 November 2019

Eat a balance diet and do a light workout daily will help people to stay healthy and mentally fresh. It's up to their will how they will work on it. I am retired lawyer and I handled a case of senior citizen in which the majority relate to mental illness and depression. Students now asks me for a law essay writing help for their law case studies.

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