While many seniors have good mental health some are at risk of developing mental disorders. The World Health Organization (WHO) says, “Approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder.” This may be due to reduced mobility, chronic pain, and other health problems. Some seniors even feel lost and without purpose after retirement. All of these factors can result in anxiety, depression, and the feeling of isolation, loneliness.
The good news is there are ways seniors can be proactive and take charge of their mental health. From engaging in relaxing activities to getting regular exercise, and staying socially connected here are 10 ways seniors can enhance their mental health!
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There are many benefits of regular exercise for seniors. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says, “Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function.” They also state that physical exercise can help relieve symptoms like low-self esteem and social withdrawal.
But physical activity isn’t only good for the mind. It’s a great thing to do to take care of your body too. This will help prevent falls and to keep your bones, joints, and muscles strong and healthy. If you’re not sure where to start, check out these easy exercises for seniors!