Your mental health is an important part of healthy aging

Thursday October 10 is World Mental Health Day, a day to educate, drive awareness and help advocate against social stigmas. Mental illness is something that affects people of any age, including older adults. Common mental illnesses that affect the health of older adults include Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, depression and anxiety. Many older adults are socially isolated or lonely and research indicates that social isolation and loneliness are health risks that can impact their overall health and well-being. Mental health issues can affect physical health, emotional and social well-being, and overall quality of life. Supporting mental health is a critical consideration to the healthy aging process.

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