Mental Health for over 65s

October 20, 2020

Experiencing poor mental health is just a natural part of getting older. 

At least that is the opinion of almost a quarter of adults who took part in a survey commissioned by the charity, Independent Age.

As we grow older, we are more likely to experience chronic pain, illness, bereavement, reduced independence and a decline in mobility, which can all lead to increased levels of loneliness, depression and anxiety.

Talking therapy is useful for anyone going through a difficult emotional phase, and for many adults it is just as effective as a medicine. 

Indeed, results from this same survey by Independent Age indicate that talking therapy had an overall recovery rate of 64% in older adults.

Unfortunately, those aged 65 and over may be reluctant to seek help, for fear of causing worry in others, feeling like nothing could be done to change the situation or viewing these emotions and their underlying causes as a private matter.

To help overcome some of these barriers, it is so important for all of us to continue to support campaigns that raise awareness and reinforce the message that there’s no shame in needing or asking for help.

If you or someone you know would like to give talking therapy a try, simply contact your local GP to be referred to a professional or you can refer yourself through the NHS.

There are also free friendship services offered by Age UK and Independent Age to help reduce loneliness and isolation in older people.

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