Mental Health Awareness Month – Managing Mental Health in Later Years.

May 7, 2024

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As we age, the addition of physical challenges is a well-known struggle, but, much like with younger adults, older adults also suffer from mental health challenges. It is a common affliction amongst the populous, but often goes without the proper attention. Addressing one’s mental health can be a daunting task, and it doesn’t help that the stigma surrounding it has been normalized. But, with each passing year, we are closer and closer to achieving a greater understanding of mental health awareness and the steps we can all take to tackle our personal goals. 

Older adults may not only grapple with a potential loss of independence, but may also battle ageism and bias at some point in their lives, which is one of the largest contributors to mental health decline in older adults. Feelings of isolation, loneliness and a lack of respect and connection can easily lure someone into a sense of hopelessness. The first step to managing mental health is acknowledging the need for managing it.  

In this blog, we offer specific resources for mental health challenges older adults face, what causes them and how they can be managed through therapy, community and understanding from others.

Older Adults & Caregivers – Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca (

The State of Mental Health and Aging in America (