May 6, 2022
Mental Health Awareness Month was originally celebrated in 1949. That was 73 years ago! The goals of the sponsoring organization, originally the National Committee for Mental Hygiene (now Mental Health America), were to improve attitudes toward mental health/illness, improve services for mental health clients, and promote mental health.
Older adults are at a higher risk for depression because they can have an increase of social isolation and loneliness. Older adults tend to be less active and lack physical activity and exercise; therefore, lack the release of “feel good” chemicals in their body like endorphins and serotonin. Older adults can also be at higher risk for depression because of medical diagnosis like dementia or history of stroke.
Potential signs of mental health distress in senior adults can be confusion, disorientation, problems concentrating, or making simple decisions. Other signs of mental health distress can be trouble sleeping or sleep pattern changes, fatigue, and loss of interest in things and hobbies that they usually do.
It is important to attend to mental health just like you would physical health. Mental health is just as important as physical health. If mental health distress is left untreated it can lead to chronic physical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
At The Parkway Senior Living Blue Springs, MO we understand depression is a treatable condition like diabetes or hypertension. Don’t settle for being depressed at any age! It is not a normal part of getting older. A primary care physician or mental health specialist can address chronic feelings of sadness.
The Parkway Senior Living in Blue Springs, MO offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Located just south of Hwy 70 right in the heart of major shopping, dining, and attractions, residents enjoy convenient access to golfing, local parks, and healthcare services.
June 15, 2022
One of Arrow Senior Living’s Core Values is “I consistently and firmly advocate for fairness.” This value was born of a belief in the power of a diverse community of people working together and a desire to celebrate our unique differences. Arrow prides itself in always striving for the common goal of diversity, equity, and […]
June 3, 2022
In celebration of Pride Month this June, Arrow Senior Living is looking at The Pride Flag, a symbol that is a representation of the forward movements to support and celebrate those in the LGBTQIA+ community. This important piece of the community has a meaning that is described by the colors included. Red represents life and […]