Mental health is just as critical as physical health, especially since mental health also affects physical health. Aging tends to have its own unique challenges in terms to mental health, with an estimated 15% of people over the age of 60 having some form of mental disorder. One of the interviewees says that she enjoys helping make meals at a senior center and that it keeps her mind more focused. She then went on to show off the lunches she had made, clearly pleased with the work and interacting with others. This kind of activity provides a way of combating the four common problems for elderly mental health:
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders
Socialization is one way to keep senior citizens mentally engaged and feeling more positive and hopeful. It can also help mitigate other mental health disorders. Some symptoms of dementia are also symptoms of anxiety, such as growing forgetfulness. Losing loved ones makes an elderly person feel more depressed or anxious, and isolation can exacerbate the problem. Even talking on the phone can help alleviate some of the negative emotions. Having other activities, like putting together puzzles, can help to keep their minds occupied.
The article Keeping a Check on Mental Health & Illness for Older Adults takes an in-depth look at how older citizens keep their minds working. There is even a video to show how lively some of the exercises can be.