How to Take Care of Your Mental Health as you Grow Older

Guest Post  Submitted By Adam Palmer
American Senior Communities

A woman with grey hair and a man with grey hair on a yoga mat outdoors under a tree.

Only 15.6% of the U.S. population are seniors, but those numbers are changing. According to Statista, more than 1/5 of the population will be 65 or older! With a growing senior population, it’s more important than ever that elderly adults take charge of their mental health. From regular exercise to assisted living facilities, there are many ways seniors can take charge of their mental health as they age. Let’s take a look at a few ways.

Don’t Stop Being Physically Active

It can be difficult for seniors to stay mobile as they age, but regular exercise is important for mental and physical health. Exercise is an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety and can even relieve symptoms of depression. Even simple exercises, like stretches, can positively impact mental health. Seniors should make exercise a part of their everyday routines.

Give Your Mind a Workout

Physical activity is important to our overall well-being, but mental exercise is also essential. Puzzles and brain teasers can improve brain health and keep the mind active. These activities are also an excellent source of entertainment! Seniors should spend time doing puzzles that challenge their brains and give them the mental exercise they need.

Make Socialization a Priority

Social isolation can negatively affect your mental health. Unfortunately, many seniors become isolated from friends and family as they age. To counteract this, elderly adults should find ways to engage and connect with the people around them. If seniors aren’t able to socialize regularly at home, then moving to an assisted living facility could be a great option.

Get the Rest You Need

A lack of sleep can contribute to mental health issues. That’s why seniors should ensure they get at least seven hours of sleep per night. Older adults need to practice good sleep hygiene. Having a consistent sleep schedule helps you drift off to sleep. Sleeping in a dark, comfortable room that’s free of distractions can also prevent sleep disturbances.

Don’t Hesitate to Talk to Your Doctor About Mental Health

Many seniors are reluctant to discuss mental health issues with their doctors and other care providers. It’s crucial to remember that mental and physical health are linked. Seniors struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns should talk about their symptoms with their doctor and get the help they need.

Make sure you care for your mental health during your golden years. Taking care of yourself and monitoring your mental health can greatly improve your well-being.