Regardless of stage or life or age, it’s important to monitor your mental health and well-being. Well-being can be considered satisfaction, optimism, self-esteem, having purpose in life and a sense of belonging. Getting older can make it difficult to recognise decline in mental health as it can overlap other symptoms of ageing.
What can impact mental health in older people:
While people of all ages are susceptible to depression and mental health related illnesses, the following are circumstances which can be more prevalent in older people.
- Physical ill health – there is a complex relationship between physical illness, disability and mental health. Physical illnesses that can lead to depression in older age include cancer, thyroid disease, vitamin deficiency and infections. The loss of dignity, mobility and independence as a result of physical illness can also impact well-being.
- Social isolation and loneliness – as people age they may be impacted by an increase in social isolation. This can result from living alone, not being as mobile, reduced ability to actively participate in the local community or distance from family and friends.
- Loss in old age – unfortunately old age represents a period of life when losses are cumulative and frequent.
What can be done to boost mental health and well-being:
- Eating well
- Getting the right amount of sleep
- Being active and moving throughout the day (where possible)
- Interacting with family, friends or local community
- Doing things you enjoy
Self-managing your Home Care Package with HomeMade gives you the freedom to choose services to suit your needs; we can help develop a support plan that includes supports and services that promotes your well-being.
This may include support and services to engage with your community or social interaction – some of the practical examples include:
- transport so you can interact socially
- support workers to take you grocery shopping
- gardening and cleaning services to help keep your home tidy
- dietary support
The flexibility of self-management means you can change supports in real-time, as your needs change, giving you more control over your wellbeing and mental health.
Speak with your GP if you are experiencing any concerns with your well-being or mental health.
There are a range of resources available if you or someone you are caring for needs further support or advice.
Mental Health Treatment Plan – Health Direct
Beyond Blue – More Information
Caring for someone with a mental health condition – My Aged Care