Mental Health: Give love and respect to the elderly, make their life happy with these strategies

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Prioritizing a mental health environment is important, no matter what age a person is. However, as people age, it becomes more important to promote a positive environment. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 14% of adults aged 60 or older suffer from mental health problems.

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Rahul Mishra, Founder, of Vesta Elder Care, said mental health symptoms in the elderly are often under-recognized and under-treated, and the potential stigma that comes with such situations can be extremely deterrent to people’s willingness to seek help. 

Develop a sense of desire.

Having a sense of desire or looking forward to something is very important. Helping the elderly engage in their favorite activities or participate in religious or spiritual activities like meditation can help them feel valued and important, and in turn, can help improve their mental health. 

Increase social connections

Social isolation is one such condition that many seniors suffer from, leading to stress, anxiety, and a whole host of other negative symptoms. Encouraging social interactions can help reduce these risks. Seeing family and friends frequently, participating in community groups, as well as participating in social activities like book clubs or hobby groups can provide valuable social support. Technology can also play an important role; teaching seniors how to use social media or video calling apps can help them stay connected with their loved ones even when they are far away.

Focus on a good diet.

Good nutrition is essential for overall health, including mental health. A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and healthy fats can have a positive effect on mood and energy levels. Nutrient deficiencies, especially vitamins B12 and D, can lead to mood disorders, so it is important to address them through an appropriate diet or supplements if needed. 

Promoting physical activity

A healthy body is closely linked to mental health. Promoting regular physical activity can help improve mood, reduce anxiety, and increase cognitive function. Simple activities like walking, jogging, or participating in a senior exercise class can make a big difference.

In short, improving positive emotions and mental health in older people requires a holistic approach that considers physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health. By implementing these strategies, we can help older people live satisfying, happy, and mentally healthy lives.