Research from Monash University shows that for older women to have the best possible mental health, they want others – people and organisations – to treat them with respect, to provide good healthcare and to contribute to an environment that values older women and enhances their independence and sense of self-worth.
Since 2017, Jean Hailes for Women's Health has partnered with the Liptember campaign (which focuses on education and fundraising for women's mental health) to conduct a national research project into what helps to keep women mentally well as they age.
Later-life depression and anxiety is one of the major mental health problems of this century. With the Australian population now including a larger proportion of older women than ever before, it's essential that research and programs are put in place to help women through this potentially challenging time.
Here are some stories from women about their experiences of getting older. Read more on Mental & Emotional Health here.
Verna, 66, is a single mother who has chronic back pain as a result of years of heavy-duty nursing. Her methods of staying strong physically and mentally in her retirement years are inspiring.
Moira's passion for people, volunteering and sport are her secrets for staying healthy. "To keep young in the mind and body, we have to keep active. If we sit, we'll stay there," she says.
Having a sense of purpose is an important factor in healthy ageing, as Sheila's story shows.