As we get older, we may start to develop mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and any type of mental health issues. These can make us feel down and not motivated to see our friends and family or do the normal things we usually love to do. This is something that many senior citizens struggle with today, but it can be prevented.
Today we are going to discuss some of the great ways you can help elders in your community with their mental health issues. Whether it’s your grandparents, parents, seniors you take care of, or any other elders in your community, it’s important that you keep an eye on them and make sure they are doing well mentally. Senior mental health is a very important topic to discuss with those in your life who may be struggling silently. So, let’s take a look at a few things you can do to help the elderly with mental health issues.
Encourage social well-being
As people get older, they may start to lose touch with their friends and family members who they used to be close with. This can harm their mental health and make them feel as if they are alone when they really aren’t. It’s important that you help them stay social. Whether you’re a caretaker or a grandchild, keep them in touch with family and friends, even if it’s just through Zoom or FaceTime. With technology nowadays, we can call anyone around the world with just a click of a button.
Staying connected with loved ones, especially during hard times after a loss, can improve mental health in many people. That’s why it’s so important to help the seniors in your community find ways to stay in touch. You can even encourage them to sign up for some senior social events in the area. This way, they can meet new friends their age and can find a great community to spend time with.
Incorporate mindfulness exercises
Doing activities like yoga, meditation, and even journaling can improve the mental health of seniors. It can open up their mind and let them feel free within their own thoughts. Encourage the seniors in your life to start journaling every day and start doing yoga to help them become more agile, improving their confidence. Being present in the moment can really improve mental health and it can encourage them to do more of these mindfulness exercises.
Whether you are a caretaker or just a grandchild or child of a senior, it’s important to help them with their mental health issues. Even if you don’t see these issues or they don’t talk about them, they may be struggling, so it’s important to find ways to help.
Tommy Williamson did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.