It’s a question many of us will ask ourselves eventually: should I move into a senior community? Many people see senior and assisted living facilities in a negative light, but there are many positive aspects to be considered. First and foremost is the fact that the ability to easily and regularly socialize with people of the same age is a benefit for mental health. Socializing can stave off depression and anxiety, and engaging in activities like games, reading groups, and conversation can even fend off the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Seniors who embrace community living are also more likely to be physically active, which is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy mind.

         Careful attention to your aging loved one’s mental health may be even more important amid fear and stress over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While anxiety and concern about the virus affect people of all ages, seniors may be more susceptible to mental health disorders during this time.  Let the caring professionals of Plains Area Mental Health help.  Call one of our appointment to arrange an appointment or take the free on-line screening on this website.

P.S. Senior living communities provide access to unique peer-to-peer support and an empathetic ear that may otherwise be more difficult to find.

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