For most older adults, good health ensures independence, security, and productivity as they age. Yet millions struggle every day with health and safety challenges such as chronic disease, falls, and mental health issues—all of which can severely impact quality of life. NCOA leads several collaborative efforts that are designed to empower older adults to live healthier lives. The six-week CDSMP workshop has been proven to help older adults better manage their chronic conditions, improve their quality of life, and lower their health care costs. NCOA leads a network of local, state, and national organizations dedicated to reducing the number of falls among older adults.
Older adults and mental health
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These fact sheets are brought to you through a joint partnership with the National Council on Aging. Have you ever suffered from excessive nervousness, fear or worrying? Do you sometimes experience chest pains, headaches, sweating, or gastrointestinal problems? You may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety. The most common anxiety disorders include specific phobias and generalized anxiety disorder.
10 Facts About Mental Health and Aging
Human beings are social creatures. Our connection to others enables us to survive and thrive. Yet, as we age, many of us are alone more often than when we were younger, leaving us vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness—and related health problems such as cognitive decline, depression, and heart disease. Fortunately, there are ways to counteract these negative effects.
The impact of depression on health in older adults can be severe: much research has reported that depression is associated with worse health in people with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Depression can complicate the treatment of these conditions, including making it more difficult for someone to care for him- or herself and to seek treatment when needed. In older adults, depression may be disregarded as frailty, or it may be viewed as an inevitable result of life changes, chronic illness, and disability. An individualized program of follow-up treatment with electroconvulsive therapy ECT combined with an antidepressant was effective in preventing relapse in patients 60 years and older who had had a successful initial course of treatment for severe depression. Continue reading.