Elderly Mental Health

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Elderly Mental Health by Mind Map: Elderly Mental Health

1. Hospital

1.1. They are looked after 24/7

1.2. Moving is very limited

1.3. in a room by yourself, due to covid more restrictions are needed, therefore less visitors

2. side effects of medication

2.1. can some medication which elderly people take uninterests them in activties which they once enjoyed .

2.2. how important is that medication, do they need it, is it worth them feeling depressed as a result,

2.3. How can elderly people who now are disabled or struggle to move need medication to stay alive, how can they improve their mental health when exercise and possibly eating is already completed with assistance.

3. Have meaningful activities which they can enjoy.

3.1. walking

3.2. gardening

3.3. community groups

3.4. spending time with their family

3.5. talking to their friends

3.6. getting regular fresh air

3.7. get out and about

3.8. travel

4. Food

4.1. recommended food intake.

4.1.1. eating a variety of different foods.

4.2. foods which boost mental health.

4.2.1. what different foods does and how each different food can boost peoples mental health

4.3. food quality in hospitals and nursing homes

4.3.1. food is not good quality. Does it give the paitents the nutirents which they need.

4.3.2. must have good food from a variety of different foods. Most food in hospitals are mush and packaged rather than fresh, elderly people or people in hospitals should have priority of having the best food, especially considering the state which they are in.

4.3.3. Being in the hospital limits your physical activity, other issues such as food should be improved as then mental health could still be adheared to. If one is gone making sure that another is avalible is important.

5. by elderly people being active, it can improves their mood.

5.1. cognitive games

5.1.1. improves chronic depression

5.2. exercise reduces the immunne systems chemicals which can make a persons depression worse.

5.2.1. how much exercise on average should a elderly people achieve.

6. Enviroment

6.1. Own Home

6.1.1. this allows for the elderly to stay in a place they have been their whole life and a place which they feel most comfortable in.

6.1.2. maybe have a career or a necklace/button which they can press, this call the ambulance instantly if in trouble. if falls happen so regularly some are forced into a nursing home, that could be a massive change and for most it is difficult to adjust to.

6.1.3. but what if they have an accident, they dont have active help

6.2. Nursing Home

6.2.1. Does nursing homes focus more on the elderly peoples physical health or their mental health or both.

6.2.2. Some people need nursing homes as they need active care, but is nursing homes the most beneficail option mental health wise?

6.2.3. do some nursing homes function different to others?

6.2.4. What does a nursing home need to provide for everyone's needs

7. Illnesses/Disability

7.1. There are programs aimed at people with disabilities or sicknesses which prevent them from taking part in certain activities.