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May 6, 2022

Mental Health Awareness Month at Chestnut Hill

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Melissa Watson

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.

Mental Health Awareness Month at Chestnut Hill Senior Living in Columbus, OH
Mental Health Awareness Month at Chestnut Hill Senior Living in Columbus, OH

Older adults are typically more at risk for depression due to absence of family members or contact with other supports. Older adults also lose some of their ability to be independent, which limits social outings with others. Decline in vision and hearing can also contribute to depressive symptoms.

Potential signs of mental health distress in seniors can include withdrawal, cognitive decline, poor appetite, and disturbance in sleep to name a few symptoms. It is important to attend to mental health just like you would physical health as your mental health and physical health are tied closely together.

At Chestnut Hill Senior Living, Columbus, 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. 

Chestnut Hill Senior Living in Columbus, OH offers assisted living and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Newly renovated in 2021. Amenities at Chestnut Hill include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located just east of Hamilton Road and Morse Road with quick access to Hwy 161, Gahanna, New Albany, and the greater Columbus area.

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