“I live for my grandsons now. They give my life purpose. Kids have a way of bringing us back to what's important.”
There are many advantages to being older. This is when you have more time for family, friends, travel, hobbies, and other things you've wanted to do for a while. Not to mention you're wiser, and more experienced.
Your wellbeing is as important now as any other stage of life. You can experience many changes in your older years – living arrangements, physical health, brain function and memory, among others. So it's important to devote the time to looking after yourself.
Mental health and wellbeing often involve an alignment of social belonging, physical health, feeling supported, and having a clear purpose in life. Taking part in enjoyable and relaxing activities, and being involved in the community are great ways to start. Volunteering and activities that help others can also have a positive effect on your wellbeing.
There are some resources on this page with ideas on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing. If you want to know more about how to help an older person in your life, you can get information on this page.
A closer look
Social togetherness is one of the most powerful influencers of wellbeing
Older family members can benefit a family's functioning
The world's population is aging
Factors for wellbeing in the elderly are known
Your brain can continue to make new connections with mental exercise
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.