May 6, 2022
Mental Health Awareness Month was originally celebrated in 1949. That was 73 years ago! The goals of the sponsoring organization, originally the National Committee for Mental Hygiene (now Mental Health America), were to improve attitudes toward mental health/illness, improve services for mental health clients, and promote mental health.
Older adults are more at risk for depression from social isolation. Everyone needs social connections to survive and thrive, but as people age, they often find themselves spending more time alone. Studies show that loneliness and social isolation are associated with higher rates of depression. The elderly gets sad and lonely when moved from their homes and families. They feel empty, like their world is changing and they can’t do anything to stop it.
Potential signs of mental health distress in seniors include social withdrawal, changes in personal care, changes in eating habits, depressed mood, substance misuse, issues with memory, hallucinations or delusions, and comprehensive care.
It is important to attend to mental health just like you would physical health. It can include the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties. Mental health and physical health are very closely connected. Mental health plays a major role in your ability to maintain good physical health. Mental health can have many different symptoms, just like issues with physical health. Questions can be asked, and tests can be completed to help assess mental health, the same as with physical health.
At VITALIA Active Adult Community® – Montrose Copley, OH we understand depression is a treatable condition like diabetes or hypertension. Don’t settle for being depressed at any age! It is not a normal part of getting older. A primary care physician or mental health specialist can address chronic feelings of sadness.
VITALIA® Montrose in Copley, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Cleveland Clinic with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mud Run Golf Course and Driving Range, Summit Mall, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summit County Metro Park, Stan Hywet, and Hale Farm.
February 16, 2024
On Arrow Nicely News for February 16, 2024: -Communities celebrate Valentine’s Day! -Arrow premieres a video about love in our communities, “Love Struck.” View here: https://youtu.be/rnHuLiH3Hs0 -Communities celebrate Chinese New Year! -Residents celebrate a Kansas City Super Bowl win! -Lenny’s short film, “Paradiso,” is going to be featured in a film festival in Cleveland, Ohio […]
February 12, 2024
In this episode of Thoughtful Connections: A Memory Care Podcast, Charlie and Elizabeth discuss vascular dementia. What are the things we can do to help improve our outcome and things we can do to prevent it? This podcast offers support, information, and a sense of community to those affected by memory-related conditions, helping them navigate […]