Aging and Mental Health

Understanding Aging and Mental Health

A NH Guide to Mental Health & Healthy Aging for Older Adults and Caregivers

Needs of the Caregiver

If you are the family member of an individual with mental illness, it may be helpful to know that there are many families members who are coping with the challenges and hardships.

Wellness and Healthy Living

Making sensible choices about lifestyle and habits can promote good mental and physical health throughout our lives.  The many ways to make our minds and bodies strong.

Mental Illness – Myths and Facts

Mental illness is common, yet not well understood.  In 1999, the Surgeon General cited that one in five individuals will experience some type of mental illness in their lifetime.

Mental Health Issues

Mental health problems can occur at any point in life and are not caused by aging.  Many health problems are common disorders and be improved with the right treatment.

Treatment for Mental Health Issues

The types of treatments and services available for older adults with mental health issues vary depending on how severe their need is.

Medical Care

Our bodies change throughout life, and changes that we experience in later years can be complex.  Mental health problems and physical problems are often related.

Coping with Challenging Behaviors

It can be emotionally exhausting to provide support for someone with a mental illness, particularly if the person is also struggling with difficulties related to aging.

Diversity Issues

Today 15% of residents over the age of five speak a language other than English.  Ethnic and cultural diversity will continue to grow as the rate of immigration of minority groups continues.

Domestic Violence and Abuse

No one should ever have to live with domestic violence and abuse.  It can include emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, exploitation. Maltreatment can be caused by various relationships.

Legal Issues

Older adults have certain legal rights and protections to help ensure their wishes are respected, even if they become incapacitated.  Caregivers of older adults need to know about these laws.

On Aging, Death and Dying

As one ages, it is important to focus on the positive factors associated with aging, not just on the disease and disability.

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