Be Kind to a Senior
World Mental Health Day is this week, a perfect time to reflect on how this issue impacts older adults. This week, go out of your way to be kind.
Your Care Mission:
You may have heard the popular quote, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” It is estimated that 20% of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Depression is the most common mental health problem in older adults, and it can complicate the treatment of other chronic conditions. Adults age 65 or older were more likely than adults age 50–64 to report that they “rarely” or “never” received the social and emotional support they needed, according to the CDC study.
This week, go out of your way to be kind, because you never know who may be struggling. These tips can help you reach out and be kind to someone who may need extra support.
- Call a senior who is living alone
- Bring flowers or food to a neighbor
- Take an older adult to lunch or shopping
- Visit an older adult
If you think a loved one needs help, you can call the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Helpline in the U.S. at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889. This is a confidential, free, information service for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
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