Mind over matter

Derbyshire Life|June 2020

Mind over matter
The mental wellbeing of the older generation has never been more important, but thankfully our care homes and retirement villages are stepping up to the challenge
Ellie Fells

There was once a time where mental health issues such as loneliness and dementia among those in later life were simply seen as part of the ageing process. However, in recent years we’ve seen a gradual shift in attitudes: now, both the mental wellbeing of the older generation and their physical wellbeing are being treated as paramount. This is especially important in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, which has recently made the news for having a devastating impact in some care homes, but we’re seeing big steps being taken in the retirement sector to keep the mind fit and healthy, as well as the body, as we get older. This shift in attitudes is most clearly reflected in the evolution of our care homes and retirement housing, which are now a far cry from the bleak, unhospitable nursing homes that were, until fairly recently, accepted as the norm.

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