Some people live in silence about their struggle with depression. And we have a right to talk about our physical and mental health or not. But opening up about depression could be the first step toward finding relief. It could also help inspire others to share their own stories or to seek help.
There’s no place like home, especially as we get older. Some 87 percent of people over the age of 65 want to remain in their own homes and communities as they age, according to AARP.1
Most people know about personal emergency response systems (PERS), like Life Alert®. Once a PERS is set up, generally all you have to do is push a “call” button to alert medical and other first responders if you need help at home. These systems may offer peace of mind for older adults or people with disabilities, their families and their caregivers.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 15.8% of adults age 50 and older had a mental illness in 2012. Yet historically, Medicare has paid a smaller share of the cost for mental health visits than for other medical services.