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May 6, 2022

Mental Health Awareness Month at Hudson Grande

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Cindi Kirchenbauer

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 of isolation. Everyone needs social connections to survive and thrive. The past two years with COVID have put a social strain on our elderly population which places them at a higher risk for depression. 

Potential signs of mental health distress in seniors include social withdrawal, changes in personal care, issues with memory, decrease in appetite, weight loss, changes in sleep pattern, and loss of interest in activities.

It is important to attend to mental health just like you would physical health. Mental health and physical health are equally important components of overall health. Depression can increase the risk for many types of physical problems, particularly long-lasting conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

At Hudson Grande Senior Living Hudson, 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.

PrairieStone Senior Living is a comprehensive community soon to be offering independent living plus, assisted living, and memory care, accompanied by an array of services and floor plan options. Our amenities include restaurant dining, outdoor and private dining, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, a salon and barber, transportation services, a patio and firepit, and more. Our community extends beyond our campus, providing residents with the opportunity to explore the local downtown area, featuring charming shops and restaurants. Nature enthusiasts can visit the picturesque George Wyth State Park for nature walks and birdwatching or enjoy the stunning scenery along the Cedar River. Cultural events and festivals, such as the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival and Sturgis Falls Celebration, offer even more opportunities for engagement. PrairieStone residents have convenient access to a wealth of adventures and activities, both within and outside the community.

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