As it is #WorldMentalHealthDay we are shining a light on the mental health of older adults. Healthcare providers often misinterpret symptoms of depression in older adults as a natural reaction to illness or life changes, and therefore not realise that it requires treatment. As we age, facing everyday stressors such as a significant decline in functional ability, reduced mobility, chronic pain, frailty, or other health conditions can cause a change in mood. Additionally, we may encounter events like bereavement or a drop in socioeconomic status during retirement. These stressors can lead to isolation, loneliness, or psychological distress, which may require treatment or long-term care. How can we all help? Keep a close eye on your elderly friends and relatives, call for a chat or drop in for a cup of tea. Look out for the signs… 😢 Feeling sad or down. 🤔 Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate. 😬 Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt. 😁 Extreme mood changes of highs and lows. 😶 Withdrawal from friends and activities. 😴 Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping. Remember, taking care of your mental and physical health is vital at any age!
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