Healthy habits to enhance mental health and keep depression at bay

By February 19, 2020 LifeStyle

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As you get older you will face many physical challenges like vision loss, mobility problems and memory issues etc. It gets more complicated when you find yourself socially isolated due to family circumstances. Loneliness puts you at greater risk for depression too. It’s important to focus on improving quality of life through enhanced mental health is message from the author of the article below. Team RetyrSmart

Healthy habits to enhance mental health and keep depression at bay

Why is it important for seniors to focus on mental health?

  • Socially isolated seniors have a 59 percent greater risk of mental and physical decline than those who do not experience social isolation, according to ‘Forbes.’
  • The health effects of social isolation and loneliness on seniors is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day, according to AARP.
  • Depression in the elderly is associated with increased risk of cardiac diseases and risk of death from illness, according to WebMD.

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Signs of depression in seniors can include changes in attitude, self-isolation, weight loss, fatigue or lack of interest in once-enjoyed activities.

For older adults that want to improve quality of life through enhanced mental health, there are a few things they can do to keep up healthy habits.

  • Exercise.

    Seniors should consult a physician before starting any physical activity or fitness program. Seniors that are able, and approved, to exercise may see increased physical and mental wellness. Exercise has been proven to have a positive effect on the brain.

  • Connection.

    At any age, people find joy in spending time with family and friends. Social isolation can be a problem for seniors who have mobility issues or aren’t able to drive, or who have loved ones that live far away. There are services that can help overcome these issues, including transportation, in-home care, and technology that fosters connection.

  • Volunteering.

    Sharing time and talents doing volunteer work can bring a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Many organizations have programs and volunteer opportunities specifically geared to older adults.

  • Spending time on joyful activities. Everyone has different interests or hobbies that bring joy, whether that’s music, art, dance, gardening or games. Seniors should spend time doing something that brings them happiness on a daily basis to improve quality of life.

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