How to look after your mental health in later life

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Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health Foundation
Date of publication
18 January 2016
Mental health services, Families, Health Services, Older Adults
Social welfare
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Some people think that mental health problems are simply part of getting older. This isn’t true and doesn’t have to be the case.

This short guide has been produced for people in their sixties who are approaching retirement or who have recently retired from work. It is important for those entering this age bracket to look after their mental and physical health.

Most of us go through times when we feel down, but research suggests that those in later life are more at risk of experiencing the effects of poor mental health.

This guide provides advice on the subject and assesses five key issues that can have an impact on the mental wellbeing of older people:

  • Discrimination.
  • Participation in meaningful activities.
  • Relationships.
  • Physical health.
  • Poverty