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Mental health awareness

Mental illness is not a normal part of ageing, but you may have a higher risk of some conditions as you get older. It’s important that you look after your mental health and wellbeing, just as you do your physical health.

Depression and anxiety

There are certain risk factors in late life that can increase your chance of developing depression, such as:

  • health problems
  • social isolation
  • changes to living arrangements
  • experiencing many losses.

Read about the symptoms that are common in people with depression, anxiety or related disorders. Early detection and treatment is important—talk to your GP about how you are feeling so you can get the treatment that’s right for you.

Keeping active—physically and mentally—is a good way to help prevent or manage mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

Read more on the beyondblue website or phone 1300 224 636.


Dementia describes a collection of symptoms caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease.

Age is the largest risk factor for developing dementia, and your genes may also affect your risk. While you can’t change these factors, you can reduce your risk of dementia by looking after your health.

To find out more about dementia, visit Alzheimer’s Australia or phone the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

Men's Sheds

There are over 500 Men’s Sheds around Australia where men can work on projects while they socialise, network, make friends and share skills. Find your local shed or join The Shed Online.

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Last updated:
15 April 2016

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