Older Adults Vibrant Minds

Just as age brings more physical health vulnerabilities, age also brings more mental health vulnerabilities. But we should NEVER think nor accept the myth that mental health problems are a “normal” part of aging. They are not.

In 2001, the Mental Health Association of Maryland established its Older Adult Program to address the need for widespread education and advocacy regarding mental wellness and the aging process. For the past two decades, we have built partnerships, resources, and important initiatives to improve the landscape of mental health for older Marylanders.

Healthy Minds

Mental illness is not a normal part of the aging process but greater than 50% of older adults think it is. With good mental health, people feel positive about themselves, relaxed, and able to handle life’s tasks and small problems with ease.

Finding Help

You do not need to have a mental illness or substance use disorder to benefit from behavioral health supports and services. In fact, early action for support can prevent problems from turning into illnesses.

Signs & Symptoms

The brain is inarguably the most important organ in our bodies and, like any other organ in our body, it can become damaged, sick, or disordered. When this happens, both mental and physical function can be disrupted.


There are different types of treatment and types of professionals that can help people recover from mental health disorders.

Get Involved

There are several ways to get involved in spreading the good news about mental wellness in later life.

Paying for Care

Need information on how to pay for your behavioral health care? Go here.


Check out our free Mental Health in Later Life guidebook and downloadable fact sheets!

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