As Albertans age, the mental health of senior citizens is a clear priority for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Alberta.
Alberta’s senior population is growing faster than any other age group. As of April 2018, over 575,000 Albertans are over the age of 65, and that number is expected to double within the next two decades (20).
Depression and social isolation are critical mental health issues faced by Alberta’s senior population (21).
In our province, CMHA is a partner in offering Mental Health First Aid for Senior’s training to more than one thousand Albertans. This initiative is funded through the Government of Alberta and is one example of prioritizing senior’s mental health.
“The mental health of older adults can be improved through promoting active and healthy aging. Mental health-specific health promotion for older adults involves creating living conditions and environments that support wellbeing and allow people to lead a healthy life. Promoting mental health depends largely on strategies to ensure that older people have the necessary resources to meet their needs.”
–The World Health Organization22, 2017 (14)