According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 20 percent of seniors experience some form of mental illness, like depression, anxiety, or cognitive impairment. The presence of these conditions increases risk of suicide and complicates treatment of other chronic conditions and physical ailments. That’s why it’s so important to prioritize your social and emotional well-being as you age and to take advantage of the mental health programs and resources available to older adults.
As we age, our bodies change. We need to consume more nutrients in fewer calories. We have to pay special attention to our eyes and teeth. And we have to keep moving. Otherwise, we increase the risk of getting or worsening diseases and chronic health conditions, losing mobility and independence, and compromising quality of life.