Managing Life-Long Mental Health as a Senior

Posted by georgette12 @georgette12, Jan 13, 2017

I have just started using this site so this is my first message.

Hi Everyone. Today I turn 85. Hubby and I have already celebrated and this day is mine. I’m taking on a new project which will hopefully help my depression. I’m going to rejoin the fitness center and seriously research nutrition and eat a better diet. Would go shopping, but want to drop a few pounds. Hubby and I have been waiting for an apartment to come open. We are on the lists of two different retirement communities. Doesn’t happen overnight. I’m impatient and the waiting gets me down, plus giving up our home. It will all work out. God has a plan. 🙂

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@liz223

Hi Everyone. Today I turn 85. Hubby and I have already celebrated and this day is mine. I’m taking on a new project which will hopefully help my depression. I’m going to rejoin the fitness center and seriously research nutrition and eat a better diet. Would go shopping, but want to drop a few pounds. Hubby and I have been waiting for an apartment to come open. We are on the lists of two different retirement communities. Doesn’t happen overnight. I’m impatient and the waiting gets me down, plus giving up our home. It will all work out. God has a plan. 🙂

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Good Morning Liz have a Happy and fun filled birthday. Good luck with the goals you are setting for yourself!
Take care,
Leslie

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Thank you very much.

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@lesbatts

Hi Lynn I’m so sorry that you’re not feeling well. I too am very depressed and spent most of the day in bed yesterday. I will not let myself do that today. Some of the time I have to take a nap even when I’m feeling good as the handful of pills I take every day makes me so tired. I wish for all of us that they could come up with a magic pill that would take away the depression and anxiety and would work for everyone. In this day and age you would think we would have more effective solutions for our illness. I feel a little better today and even though I live in New England I’m going to try and get out with the dog today. One thing I’m worried about is not feeling better when we go to Florida in three weeks. I will be with people all the time which I don’t mind for a while but I also need my alone time.
Jim I hope that you too will begin to feel better. Have you tried changing meds? Have you Lynn? I think I’ve run the gamut on pills therefore there are few options for me. There are a couple of new antidepressants that have come out in the past few years but I haven’t tried any of them yet. I guess that’s all I have to say. I’ll be thinking of you guys and hoping that you get better.
Take care,
Leslie

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I’m sorry I meant to put down the cost for a month as being $20,000 not $200,00 DUH!

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@lesbatts

Hi Lynn I’m so sorry that you’re not feeling well. I too am very depressed and spent most of the day in bed yesterday. I will not let myself do that today. Some of the time I have to take a nap even when I’m feeling good as the handful of pills I take every day makes me so tired. I wish for all of us that they could come up with a magic pill that would take away the depression and anxiety and would work for everyone. In this day and age you would think we would have more effective solutions for our illness. I feel a little better today and even though I live in New England I’m going to try and get out with the dog today. One thing I’m worried about is not feeling better when we go to Florida in three weeks. I will be with people all the time which I don’t mind for a while but I also need my alone time.
Jim I hope that you too will begin to feel better. Have you tried changing meds? Have you Lynn? I think I’ve run the gamut on pills therefore there are few options for me. There are a couple of new antidepressants that have come out in the past few years but I haven’t tried any of them yet. I guess that’s all I have to say. I’ll be thinking of you guys and hoping that you get better.
Take care,
Leslie

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Thank you Teresa for your kind words. You accomplished that goal for yourself today and all other days you work here on Connect. Thank you for your volunteering here.

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@liz223

Hi Everyone. Today I turn 85. Hubby and I have already celebrated and this day is mine. I’m taking on a new project which will hopefully help my depression. I’m going to rejoin the fitness center and seriously research nutrition and eat a better diet. Would go shopping, but want to drop a few pounds. Hubby and I have been waiting for an apartment to come open. We are on the lists of two different retirement communities. Doesn’t happen overnight. I’m impatient and the waiting gets me down, plus giving up our home. It will all work out. God has a plan. 🙂

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Happy birthday Liz. Congratulations on your 85th. I can certainly identify with your impatience and not wanting to wait. That is the way I have always been. Congratulations on seeing what is causing it and realizing that God has a plan to take care of it all. You realized your problem and solved it. Way to go.

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@jjwest

hopeful, just read your post 🙂 now tag you are it. 🙂 I don’t go to church anymore, I don’t have the courage to see judgmental faces or hear remarks about living with someone and not be legally married. I used to have a Stephen Minister when I was in Austin, but here in this very little town, there aren’t any that I have found. What is NAMI?? I have not heard of it. You are right once a Stephens Minister you always are, the skills you learned helps you in so many ways, and sometimes I realize I am using them and not be aware of it. I remember the folks in my life that I have interacted with and all the teens who still till this day call me mom,when I see them. But I find myself hiding from them. I have lived with fear for so long and some days I just say the h..with it I am going to do something and not to worry about it. I do it every so often, but then crawl right back in my cage. I cannot seem to stay with anything for very long, I play the keyboard…sometimes, I paint with acrylics….some times, I play the guitar…sometimes… I do read a lot, and I sleep a lot. Cannot sleep at night so I end up sleeping in the daytime, and that makes my angry with myself. I would love to have a passion for something,,,that seems to be something I would really enjoy. Thanks for “Listening” it’s nice to find someone who has a clue.
PEACE 7 LOVE …JJ

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@jimhd I commend you on your kind words and reply, Jim. Thanks for that! Teresa

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@liz223 Happy, happy birthday, Liz! Glad to hear that you are going back to a fitness center. Exercise is one of the best gifts you can give yourself! Teresa

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@lesbatts

Hi Lynn I’m so sorry that you’re not feeling well. I too am very depressed and spent most of the day in bed yesterday. I will not let myself do that today. Some of the time I have to take a nap even when I’m feeling good as the handful of pills I take every day makes me so tired. I wish for all of us that they could come up with a magic pill that would take away the depression and anxiety and would work for everyone. In this day and age you would think we would have more effective solutions for our illness. I feel a little better today and even though I live in New England I’m going to try and get out with the dog today. One thing I’m worried about is not feeling better when we go to Florida in three weeks. I will be with people all the time which I don’t mind for a while but I also need my alone time.
Jim I hope that you too will begin to feel better. Have you tried changing meds? Have you Lynn? I think I’ve run the gamut on pills therefore there are few options for me. There are a couple of new antidepressants that have come out in the past few years but I haven’t tried any of them yet. I guess that’s all I have to say. I’ll be thinking of you guys and hoping that you get better.
Take care,
Leslie

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@johnhans It is a privilege to be part of Mayo Connect and I’m sure that you feel that way as well! Teresa

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@jjwest

hopeful, just read your post 🙂 now tag you are it. 🙂 I don’t go to church anymore, I don’t have the courage to see judgmental faces or hear remarks about living with someone and not be legally married. I used to have a Stephen Minister when I was in Austin, but here in this very little town, there aren’t any that I have found. What is NAMI?? I have not heard of it. You are right once a Stephens Minister you always are, the skills you learned helps you in so many ways, and sometimes I realize I am using them and not be aware of it. I remember the folks in my life that I have interacted with and all the teens who still till this day call me mom,when I see them. But I find myself hiding from them. I have lived with fear for so long and some days I just say the h..with it I am going to do something and not to worry about it. I do it every so often, but then crawl right back in my cage. I cannot seem to stay with anything for very long, I play the keyboard…sometimes, I paint with acrylics….some times, I play the guitar…sometimes… I do read a lot, and I sleep a lot. Cannot sleep at night so I end up sleeping in the daytime, and that makes my angry with myself. I would love to have a passion for something,,,that seems to be something I would really enjoy. Thanks for “Listening” it’s nice to find someone who has a clue.
PEACE 7 LOVE …JJ

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Not all church are the same. I Agree.

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@colleenyoung

Hi Ihatediabetes, i thought I’d check in with you given the trail this conversation has taken. I didn’t @mention you in case you unsubscribed from this discussion. But if you’re following it, just know that I’m thinking of you.

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I am at healthy living center taking mayo clinic diet experience. We’re supposed to have blizzard. I was there all day today and go back tomorrow. Great program where they work you hard.

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@jjwest

Thanks hopeful,johnjames,&jimhd…..thanks for caring…sounds kind of canned doesn’t it? But it is meant sincerely. I have convinced myself that I am not depressed, but when I look at how I feel and think, and sleep all the time, I am wondering. I don’t think I feel guilty about ever being depressed,not now, I did when I was deep in its hold. my cardiologist put me on Zoloft, and it has helped like a miracle. I don’t cry all the time, or get down about dying. There are so many things that contribute to depression, loss, getting older, being disabled,PAIN, children are too busy to visit, Most of the time I am able to handle things pretty good, just every once in a while it all seems to pile up all at once. So far I have been able to fight it off, mostly. I got on this site because I hoped to find a group of Seniors who are struggling and they would share with me how they cope, and how they “feel” about things. I believe I have found that place., now if I can give as much or more, that will be awesome.
PEACE & LOVE….JJ

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Hi jjwest, Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words- and you sound normal to me-for I feel and I think most all of us do, yes we are in difference places- that way we can learn from each other as we walk this road. I’m depression almost everyday- for the past 10-12 years. My depression was diagnosed as PTSD and I too take Zoloft for PTSD- it works and has very little to no side affects all the Dr’s tell me. But now with Parkinson’s the last 3 plus years the depression in more in dept- I talk to a trusted friend and vent allot to God, in my prayers and just thinking through the day. There are good days- but that doesn’t the depression isn’t there, just means with Gods help He kelpt it as bay. and other times ( as night when it’s to quiet-it’s worse for me- maybe because of being in war, the sounds and knowing where you are and who’s with you in the fox hole). Make sense. Thank you for sharing-it helps me-that;s for sure. Blessings jjames

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@colleenyoung

Hi Ihatediabetes, i thought I’d check in with you given the trail this conversation has taken. I didn’t @mention you in case you unsubscribed from this discussion. But if you’re following it, just know that I’m thinking of you.

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BRAVO, @ihatediabetes How wonderful! It sounds like a great experience (except of course for the blizzard). Congratulations on this important step you have taken to better health! Teresa

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@jjwest

Thanks hopeful,johnjames,&jimhd…..thanks for caring…sounds kind of canned doesn’t it? But it is meant sincerely. I have convinced myself that I am not depressed, but when I look at how I feel and think, and sleep all the time, I am wondering. I don’t think I feel guilty about ever being depressed,not now, I did when I was deep in its hold. my cardiologist put me on Zoloft, and it has helped like a miracle. I don’t cry all the time, or get down about dying. There are so many things that contribute to depression, loss, getting older, being disabled,PAIN, children are too busy to visit, Most of the time I am able to handle things pretty good, just every once in a while it all seems to pile up all at once. So far I have been able to fight it off, mostly. I got on this site because I hoped to find a group of Seniors who are struggling and they would share with me how they cope, and how they “feel” about things. I believe I have found that place., now if I can give as much or more, that will be awesome.
PEACE & LOVE….JJ

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@johnjames Great thoughts, Jjames! Thanks. Teresa

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I tried the Mayo Clinic newsletter on their diet, but find it too much for me with my depression when I cook for only myself. Being careful of which TV dinners I buy and making easy healthful low-calorie meals are easier.
Yes you got over a foot of snow in Rochester so I hope you are doing OK getting around. I live only 70 miles NW of Rochester and we got nothing. Have fun learning new things. It is always good to learn.

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