“I live for my grandsons now. They give my life purpose. Kids have a way of bringing us back to what's important.” – Wendy

Overview

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 your wellbeing, and there are things that you can do yourself.

Mental health and wellbeing often involves an alignment of social belonging, physical health, feeling supported, and recognising clear purpose in your life. Taking part in enjoyable and relaxing activities, and being involved in the community in different ways are a great way to start. Volunteering and activities that help others can alo have a positive effect on your wellbeing.

There are some ideas on this page about what you can do 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.

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Page last updated 28th September 2017