Healthy Living Manual: The How-to Guide for Healthy Aging
Mental Health & Stress
Having good mental health throughout life does not ensure immunity from severe depression, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety disorders and other disorders in the senior years of life. In fact, some studies show older adults are at greater risk of mental disorders and their complications than are younger people. However, many of these illnesses can be accurately diagnosed and treated.
Retirement and old age may seem like a time that would be free of stress; however there are many overlooked stressors unique to this age group. The loss of memory and development of chronic disease can be stressful for any person and due to the health risks involved, the stress is even greater. Loss of weight, change in routines and inability to be as active as you were during your younger years can also bring about stress.
Depression and loneliness are also common issues to this age group. The loss of loved ones and friends can be extremely stressful and difficult for anyone to deal with. Many older adults who have not developed good coping skills or who have not prepared to deal with the changes that come with aging may exhibit signs and symptoms of depression. Seniors often become isolated and do not talk about their feelings of depression with their primary physician, who is mainly concerned with their physical well-being. Instead they keep it to themselves, which can cause great deals of stress.
- Arizona Behavioral Health Services
Offers many programs and information on Behavioral Health topics and needs.
- SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance
Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center)
- Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN)
- Mental Health and Aging
- Behavioral Health
- Service Locator
Behavorial Health Conditions
- The State of Mental Health and Aging in America
- Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older
- Depression Fact Sheet for Older Adults
- Mentally Healthy Aging: A Report on Overcoming Stigma for Older Americans
- Depression and Suicide
- What Can Be Done
- Health, Prevention, and Wellness Program
- National Suicide Prevention Life Line
- Cardiac Risk Factors in Older Adults (Million Hearts)
- DBHS Practice Protocol
- For Women
- National Institute on Mental Health
- 24/7 Confidential Treatment Referral Line