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.
September 15, 2023
National Assisted Living Week is a special time when assisted living communities come alive with celebrations that bring residents together. It’s a chance to share stories, make memories, and enjoy events that show the strong bond among residents, caregivers, and families. This year, the theme is Season of Reflection. This week is important to our […]
September 1, 2023
An important rule to remember when it comes to making sure your air conditioner works well, is to clean or change the air filter regularly. The purpose of the filter is to help clean the air coming into your home, it’s like a net catching all the tiny particles floating in the air. New or […]