Finding it hard and feeling low is more common that you think. Depression effects around 22% of men over 65 and 28% of women. The five key factors according to Age Concern are; Participation in meaningful activities, Relationships, Poverty, Discrimination and Physical health. This can all come across very bleak and it’s a very real issue. There are a number of things you can do or encourage someone to do that will have a huge impact in mitigating mood. Here are a few tips to help you.
Avoid too much news: Let’s be honest it’s not been great this year. Limit this to fifteen minutes a day to keep up to date if you need to.
Fresh air and a change in environment: Going out for a walk or just wrapping up and having a cupper in the garden will naturally lift your mood. Lets enjoy the natural beauty in and around Ilkley and Skipton.
Meaningful contact: Write letters to friends or family, dial them up or even better video call them for a chat. Distance doesn’t have to effect contact. Many seniors have taken to learning video calling and find it a revelation, especially if you are confined to home.
Don’t be slow in asking for help: You’re not alone, there will be local support groups or engage someone to help you around the house or for companionship. By taking action you are making positive steps to improving your wellbeing.
Be prepared: Get in touch with your GP, tell them how you feel. GP’s are still there to support you and will prioritise mental health so don’t be hesitant in contacting them. Many medical centres in Ilkley, Keighley and Skipton have Social Prescribers assigned. They can put you in touch with local services which may be of benefit to support your mental wellbeing. There are also a number of national organisations working locally such as Mind which can provide support and information.
Right at Home Ilkley, Keighley & Skipton companionship services can support you or a loved one to maintain your mental and physical wellbeing. Our Care Givers are highly trained individuals and develop lasting bonds with our clients. For further information regarding our companionship services click here or call our friendly team on 01943 603794.