Mental health concerns in older adults

Mental health concerns in older adults



We live in an era where people talk openly about mental health more than ever before. And yet, according to Mental Health America, 68% of older adults know little or nothing about depression.

For loved ones of older adults, it’s important to note any changes in mood or routine that may indicate a mental health concern, whether on the heels of a significant life change or just gradual changes over time.


Among the warning signs:

  • Heightened stress or worry
  • Increased negativity, anger or irritability
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in appetite
  • Deterioration in hygiene


The lack of knowledge among older adults about mental health is particularly troubling as seniors are prone to a variety of factors unique to their demographic that can put them at risk for a mental health concern:

  • The passing of a spouse, partner, sibling(s), family members or long-time friends
  • Concerns about their own health, both physical and cognitive
  • Fear of falling
  • Isolation / loneliness among older adults who live alone
  • Side effects from medications
  • Concerns about losing independence


Free Webinar On Mental Health For Older Adults

If you or a loved one would like more information regarding mental health for older adults, Prestige Senior Living Beaverton Hills is hosting a free webinar Friday, July 28 at 10 a.m.

It will be entitled “Mental Health and Aging: Talking Through the Stigma”, and will feature Laura Vaillancourt, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor & Geriatric Mental Health Specialist.


Register for the free webinar at For more information about our community, call (503) 520-1350 or online at