May 6, 2022

Mental Health Awareness Month at The KentRidge

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Kara Wilhelm, Director of Wellness

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 more at risk for depression because they may experience life stressors common to all people, but also stressors that are more common in later life, like a significant ongoing loss in capacities and a decline in functional ability.

Potential signs of mental health distress in seniors include social withdrawal, changes in personal care, changes in eating habits, depressed mood, substance misuse, issues with memory, hallucinations or delusions, and comprehensive care.

It is important to attend to mental health just like you would physical health because they are very closely connected. Mental health plays a major role in your ability to maintain good physical health. Mental health includes our psychological, social, and emotional well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and how we act in our daily lives.

At The KentRidge Senior Living Kent, OH 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 KentRidge Senior Living in Kent, OH offers independent living plus, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. The KentRidge is nestled in South Kent in a peaceful neighborhood just off Sunnybrook Road with easy access to SR 261 and SR 42, residents have convenient access to local shopping and attractions.

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5241 Sunnybrook Road

Kent, OH 44240

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