As your body gets older your brain does too. This aging of the brain can cause mental health issues to arise. They range from dementia to depression. There’s good news though. With proper care and attention, most mental health issues can be managed or avoided.
Common Mental Health Issues for Mature Women
When people think of mental health issue they either think about “going crazy” or neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s. Most people don’t go “crazy” and that’s not what you want to worry about. Instead, there are other common conditions. They include:
Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Dementia and Alzheimer’s are both caused by an aging brain. While doctors still aren’t completely sure what causes either one of them, they do know that a healthy lifestyle and an engaged mind help prevent Alzheimer’s. You can reduce your chances of dealing with either condition if you:
* Engage your brain – Learn new things, do puzzles, listen to music and stay social. Social interaction, gratitude, laughter, and happiness help your brain stay active and healthy.
Eat right – Eat foods rich in antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids. These are brain foods. They help keep your brain tissue healthy.
* Exercise – Regular blood flow to the brain and hormones produced by exercise all help your brain stay healthy and strong.
Depression is a common challenge for many women. It’s caused by different life changes. For example:
* Lack of connection – If you don’t have a group of friends or family that you see regularly you can easily become depressed. Social interaction is a must.
* Loss – The loss of a loved one, a home, or a lifestyle can be devastating. While it’s normal to mourn a loss, sinking into a depression can be life threatening.
* Lifestyle Changes – People often make grand changes when they retire. They sell their home, move to a new part of the country or world or they stop working. These changes can cause a depression.
If you are depressed or you know someone who is, it’s important to see an expert. You can take steps on your own to recognize the depression and recover. However, an expert may be able to help you recover more quickly.
While forgetfulness and change are normal for mature adults, mental health conditions are not. If you suspect you have Alzheimer’s, Dementia or are struggling with anxiety or depression please get some help.
A healthy diet, regular exercise, and social interaction will go a long way toward preventing these conditions. A healthy body helps you have a healthy mind. Identify areas where you can improve your lifestyle and take action. Your brain will thank you for it.