Thursday October 6, 2016
According to Statistics Canada, as many as 1.4 million elderly Canadians report feeling lonely (CBC Canada). Loneliness can increase the risk for many health problems and unhealthy habits. An effect of loneliness that is often overlooked is the impact it can have on a senior’s mental health.
So why aren’t seniors getting the help they need?
Seniors are often undertreated for mental health problems. CMHA discusses some reasons why this may be:
How can you help yourself or your loved ones?
If you are a senior with a mental health issue, there are treatment options and strategies that can help. As a senior, keeping yourself moving, involved and engaged in the community can help you maintain positive mental health. If you are concerned about your own mental health or a loved one’s, consider talking to your family doctor, friends and family or contact Seniors for Seniors for a drop in visit from one of our friendly companions. They can be a great resource to link you to mental health professionals and provide emotional support.
Looking for more resources on Seniors mental health? Check out these services:
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