No matter what age you are, it is important to look out for your own emotional well-being. This is especially true for older adults because of the special challenges at this stage of life. Taking charge of your emotional well-being can make a big difference. Are you in pain? Do you feel depressed? Are you lonely? Have you experienced a loss? Can you think of someone else who may be experiencing these challenges, such as a spouse, friend, or acquaintance?
If you or someone you know may be going through a difficult time, know that help is available.
Your emotional well-being is affected by your health. If you need help or support reach out to your family physician or to Community Care for Seniors. The physician is aware of resources for mental health and Community Care can recommend health and wellness activities.
Here are some suggestions for taking care of your health: Make an appointment with a medical provider if you are in pain or have a physical illness. Seek treatment or talk to a counselor if you have depression or another mental health issue, or if you drink too much or are misusing medications. Join a support group to help you cope with the loss of family and friends, financial problems, or other personal issues. Stay active and exercise regularly. Try taking a group exercise class or going on walks. Eat a healthy diet. Avoid too much sugar, salt, fat, and caffeine.
Taking care of your physical and mental health will help you feel better and reduce your feelings of helplessness. Getting involved in intellectual and creative activities is a valuable way to build your skills and give you a sense of purpose. Attend a discussion group or presentation on a topic of interest to you. Do arts and crafts activities. Go to a poetry, music, or theatre event. Join or start a book club. Take a class in sewing, computer, carpentry, or financial management. You can build skills or start a new hobby at any age. You just need to be willing to try.
The well-being of older adults is affected by strong relationships with family, friends, and others. Here are some ways to help you build relationships, share emotional support, and have fun: Go on group trips to social, sporting, and cultural events. Attend parties to celebrate holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. Play bingo, bridge, or poker. Join a committee. Volunteer to help others.
The above is taken from Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Centers and is used with permission.
Seniors’ Tai Chi demonstration
Come to the Hillier Town Hall next Wednesday. No experience is necessary and all fitness levels are welcome. To register for this demonstration class, or for more information call 613-476-7493.
– Debbie MacDonald Moynes