This page represents an ongoing effort by the APA's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office to help address the needs LGBT older adults and those who provide services and care by highlighting APA resources as well as other helpful resources and organizations.
Past research suggests that senior citizens often face challenges related to deteriorating physical and men- tal health, and the quality of their lives may suffer as a result. Past research also suggests that volunteering can improve the health and quality of life for seniors. In the present study, 451 volunteers enrolled in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) completed surveys including questions regarding their volunteer experiences and how these experiences have affected their health and quality of life.
This brochure outlines things that people can do to enhance their health and quality of life when living with Alzheimer’s disease. Tips regarding nutrition, physical, mental and social activities are included. Safety considerations and other resources are also provided.
This free online course is offered by the University of Tasmania. While not specifically designed for informal caregivers it is designed to be accessible to anyone with a general interest in dementia. This is a 5 week online course which reviews the latest research into factors that may modify the risks of developing dementia. In order to sign up for the next course you must sign up at https://mooc.utas.edu.au/sign-up.
Many adult children with disabilities now live in the community, and are likely to outlive their parents. The push for home care over the past several decades has allowed people who might previously have lived in institutions to stay at home, most notably people with developmental disabilities. This is a positive shift, as community-based care is more cost effective than institutions, and it’s also preferred by people with chronic health conditions or disabilities. But major cracks have appeared in our system, with clients not getting enough access to respite, supportive housing or home care hours.
There's an assumption that mental health problems are a 'normal' aspect of ageing but most older people don't develop mental health problems, and they can be helped if they do. While a significant number of people do develop dementia or depression in old age, they aren't an inevitable part of getting older. information on this site includes issues with retirement, depression, dementia, alcohol abuse, medication use, mental capacity and caring for others, as well as other publications about later life.
Globally, the population is ageing rapidly. Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will nearly double, from 12% to 22%. Mental health and emotional well-being are as important in older age as at any other time of life. Neuropsychiatric disorders among the older adults account for 6.6% of the total disability (DALYs) for this age group. Approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder.
Staying healthy and feeling your best is important at any age and that doesn’t change just because you have a few more grey hairs. As we grow older, we experience an increasing number of major life changes, including career changes and retirement, children leaving home, the loss of loved ones, and physical changes. How we handle and grow from these changes is the key to staying healthy. These tips can help you maintain your physical and emotional health and live life to the fullest, whatever your age.