Lifelong mental health
May is Mental Health awareness month. Many people of all ages are struggling with mental health challenges in this fast paced, pressure filled society that we live in. Thankfully, there is new research and resources of support emerging. It is important to focus on all people’s mental health
The Live On Goods partners are or have been involved with aging parents and continue to learn about mental health challenges of senior adults. Think for a moment how much seniors have lived through up to this point in their lives. Hoping they have experienced many happy memories – but they possibly have endured losses and grief involving – loss of physical capabilities, loss of independence, mental/chemical imbalances, deaths/illnesses of spouses and children, retirement, change in living situation, change in friendships, ..
Anxiety and depression often go undiagnosed in older adults. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), depression affects more than 6.5 millioin of the 35 million Americans over are 65.
If one of the following symptoms persists and the person is not able to maintain their daily life – please seek professional help to assess for mental health issues.
Loss of energy – prolonged irritability or anger – nervousness – prolonged sadness – feelings of hopelessness – loss of interest in favorite activities – sleeping more or sleeplessness – eating more or less than usual
There are various ways in which poor mental health has been shown to have a negative impact on physical health.
The bonTop (stylish clothing protectors/adult bibs) was created for seniors and adults with disabilities/physical limitations who would benefit from wearing a stylish clothing protector to keep clothes clean and dry. The bonTop allows people to enjoy dining with friends and family and maintain independence while eating. Live On Goods strives to improve quality of mental health through social interaction while dining and decreasing social isolation.
To maintain healthy mental balance: exercise – eat a healthy diet – maintain social interactions – participate in creative interests – engage in mentally stimulating activities
All our best,
Gretchen, Maria, Laura and Helen