20 minute DVD raising awareness of mental wellbeing for older people. Interviews with older people discussing mental wellbeing issues. Many older people experience psychological or emotional distress associated with factors linked to old age, including isolation, loss of independence, loneliness, and losses of many kinds, including bereavements. Older people are often afraid to talk about mental health issues or seek support. There is still a great deal of stigma attached to mental illness. Older people are already often facing isolation, mental health issues like depression, anxiety and confusion can cause a downward spiral of mental illness. For schizophrenia and Dementia, there are more sustained support and services available. While milder forms of mental health problems like depression, anxiety, and confusion are often dismissed. This DVD can be used by professionals and older people. Chapters include; older people’s experiences, dealing with stigma, coping with mental health issues, support, and self-support, looking forward to life.
Jim Morelli reports on why animals can have an amazingly therapeutic effect on people. source