Aging and Mental Health | Help with Depression, Getting Older
Aging and Mental Heath
Coping with Getting Older, Depression, Aging Care Resources
Dealing with aging and mental health issues can be rough. Hitting 50 for many of us is a time when we reflect on our lives and think about our mortality. Even if you feel healthy, you start to wonder about the inevitable and issues such as heart problems, strokes, and the big “C.”
Add to that dealing with elderly parents, a sick spouse or partner, financial struggles, divorce and dealing with adult or adolescent children. Getting older can feel very overwhelming. Depression is a common aging and mental health issue.
Need Aging and Mental Health Resources?
So how can you deal with feeling depressed? Aging care services, psychotherapy and support groups can help with feelings of isolation, depression, grief, hopelessness, and anxiety. Try to reach out to your doctor, a mental health professional and local support groups. If you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, try calling a few licensed mental health professionals in your area to see who you might feel most comfortable talking to.
You can also find some helpful resources here.
Find Elder and Aging Care Resources to Help You
- Resources for the Aging Services Network and Other Professionals
- Resources to Connect Older Persons, Caregivers and Professionals to Important Federal, National, and Local Programs
- Find Help in your Community
Aging and Mental Health | Psychotherapy Articles on AARP
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- Psychotherapy Linked to Healthier Stress Hormone Levels
- Pills Plus Psychotherapy Can Beat Insomnia
- Psychotherapy May Ease Hot Flashes After Breast Cancer
- Psychotherapy Can Ease Post-Surgical Depression
- Web-Based Psychotherapy Can Work
We hope you find these aging and mental health resources helpful. We’ll be adding many more resources. Feel free to let us know what information might be of interest or help to you and your family.