Here at Portland Nursing Home, we know that it is essential everyone feels happy and healthy. And good health includes much more than just physical fitness; it also takes into account mental wellbeing too.
Mental health, also referred to as ‘mental wellbeing’ and ’emotional health’, is as much a concern for our older community as it is for the younger generations. Yet many are unaware of the signs of poor emotional health, and the wider negative impact that can be had on their health in general.
Read on as we explore what can affect mental health and how we can support others in improving their emotional wellbeing.
Mental Health and the Elderly
Mental wellbeing can influence many aspects of an individual’s life. This includes how they feel about things and how they cope with life’s challenges.
Despite there being very few visual signs, problems with mental health are much more common than most people think. Around 1 in 4 people experiencing them in their lifetime, and The Mental Health Foundation has reported that a staggering 85% of older people with depression receive no NHS support.
There is often no defined cause for low mental wellbeing, but there are reasons as to why it can change. For older members of the community, retirement, for example, can be a considerable change, often leading to adverse knock-on effects.
In the UK, loneliness is the leading cause, with isolation and mental wellbeing often linked in scientific research. To date, there are 1.9 million older people in the UK who report feeling ignored, something that has a significant impact on the older generation. Other events that have been known to impact wellbeing include money troubles, being a carer and having poor physical health.
Battling Bad Mental Health
If you are concerned about your loved one’s mental wellbeing, there are signs to be aware of. These include loss of confidence, anxiousness, not enjoying things that they usually find fun, and avoiding contact with other people.
Eating healthy food and avoiding alcohol can be critical steps in improving the wellbeing of loved ones. This is because detoxing the system can provide a boost for emotional health.
Physical activity can also be essential. This is because movement releases endorphins, the chemical known to make you feel good, has been found to reduce the risk of depression by 26%.
At Portland, our residents find that socialising with friends, family and the care team has been a great mood booster as it helps them to build positive relationships and get support, as well as have fun.
Since socialising can be vital for combating isolation and loneliness, make the time to meet up with others as much as you can. Typically, there will be community events nearby which provide regular opportunities to meet with people and forge new connections.
Here at Portland Nursing Home, mental health is a priority. Our consistent care ensures we know every individual at our home and that we understand their needs. This ensures that they are able to communicate easily with us.
Activities and events also take place daily, keeping our resident’s minds and bodies active and stimulated. Our care teams and chefs ensure that all of our home-cooked meals are tasty and packed full of nutrients.
If you’re interested in discovering more about our care and our home, please contact us by phone on 01298 23040 or fill in our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
If you or your family are experiencing mental health symptoms, please speak to your doctor and explain how you feel. Your GP will be able to help address your issues and identify further support for your loved one’s wellbeing.
You can also speak to the Samaritans on their 24-hour helpline.