Keeping Your Mind Healthy as You Age

With good mental health, people feel positive about themselves, relaxed in most situations, and can handle life’s tasks and small problems with ease. Mental health problems are not a normal part of the aging process but greater than 50% of older adults think it is. Almost 20% of people over the age of 55 experience mental health disorders that are not part of “normal aging.”

Brain Essentials

The brain is arguably the most important organ of our body. It enables our thoughts, expressions, movement, and moods.

Grief and Bereavement

Grief and bereavement are not disorders or illnesses. Like stress, grief is a part of everyone’s life and a perfectly normal response to significant loss.


Isolation happens too easily and frequently later in life. And, when people become disconnected from their friends, activities of interest, and the overall community, they are at a much higher risk for developing mental and physical health problems.


Resiliency is the ability to bounce back after a troubling situation. Thankfully, with practice, one can learn to become more resilient.


The two stress themes most commonly associated with mental health disorders in later life are loss and social isolation. Individual factors that contribute to negative stress responses include: lack of support, resistance to change in circumstances and routine, negative outlook on life, and constant stress.

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