Posted by at 10/10/2013 11:10:04
Mental health can affect people of any age.
But this year’s World Mental Health Day (10 October) focuses on how it affects people in later life.
Older people can find that loneliness, isolation, dementia and depression can cause problems with their mental health.
But on average people aged 55 and over have greater life satisfaction than people aged 25-54 according to the Office of National Statistics.
World Mental Health Day is about celebrating the potential that this phase of life brings and the support mechanisms that can promote better mental health such as good physical health, having activities to do and strong personal relationships.
NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group plans and buys most NHS healthcare services for the people of West Kent. We have to ensure services are available to meet the need of local people, and to predict what their future needs will be.
There is a lot of support available for people with dementia and other mental health problems. And we ask readers to help their loved ones seek the support that is available.
If you are worried that a relative or friend may be showing signs of dementia or depression, encourage them to make an appointment with their GP.
Help can also be accessed via the Live It Well website - www.liveitwell.org.uk – which has information about mental health support in Kent and Medway.