Mental Health is one of the World Health Organizations’ many main focuses for improving the overall well-being of people worldwide. Thanks to WHO, every 10th of October is World Mental Health Day. This day raises awareness for different mental issues and ways to support the efforts of promoting better mental health. Residents in memory care assisted living are not left off the list of people who can experience mental health illnesses. So, it’s important that this day is celebrated to remind residents that they have support.
Celebrating World Mental Health Day 2022 | Memory Care Assisted Living
This year, the World Federation for Mental Health’s theme for World Mental Health Day is to “make mental health for all a global priority.” In the aftermath of the pandemic, many have struggled with their mental health. So, they need all the support they can get to move forward in a more positive light.
Throughout the month of October, the United Nations conducts activities and events that promote the importance of mental health. Here people can get help with their mental health and learn to support friends and family who are struggling.
Promoting Mental Health in Memory Care Assisted Living
Since residents in memory care assisted living are at risk, here are some ways to help them cope:
Encourage residents to communicate their feelings.
These residents may tend to keep their feelings to themselves. Especially, if they’re not yet familiar with others in memory care assisted living. You can encourage them to communicate their feelings with you and assure them that you’re there for them.
Plan safe physical activities.
Exercise has been proven to release the happy hormones called endorphins that make anyone feel better and happier. So, while you need to take extra precautions in allowing seniors to exercise, you can always include simple and safe physical activities as part of their daily routine.
Low-impact exercises like stretching or walking can help them get a good sweat to stay healthy while also allowing them to release anxiety and stress that could trigger mental health issues.
At the end of the day, mental health should be part of the healthcare plan of residents in memory care assisted living. With all the changes of moving into a facility while dealing with their limitations and medical conditions, it’s only fitting that they also get the mental support that they need to adjust to this new chapter in their lives and enjoy the best years ahead of them.
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