Mind-Body Connection Focus of Mercy’s SLS Programs in May

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Program at Mercy Hospital Cassville serves adults over age 65

When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, it can be a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

That is why Senior Life Solutions has chosen the theme of Fitness4Mind4Body for Mental Health Month. It’s a call to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.

A healthy lifestyle may help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also help people recover from these conditions. Eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy.

“Living a healthy lifestyle may seem difficult, but you can do it by making small changes that add up,” said Susan Poehling, RN with Mercy Hospital Cassville’s Senior Life Solutions Program. “There is definitely a mind-body connection, so taking care of your body will influence your emotional well-being.”

Senior Life Solutions is an intensive outpatient group therapy program, designed to meet the unique needs of older adults over the age of 65 struggling with depression and anxiety often related to aging. Family members, physicians, or other health professionals can refer individuals to the program.

May is Mental Health Month and was started 69 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. For more information, visit Mental Health America’s website at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.

For more information on Mercy Hospital Cassville’s Senior Life Solutions program, call 417-847-6042.