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Mental Health and Healthy Aging

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Growing older can give women a sense of freedom and increased happiness. With the children grown and the daily grind finished, you may feel more in control of your life than ever before.

However, the loss of loved ones, the isolation of living alone, or personal illness may take an emotional toll. Research continues to show a strong link between the body and the mind. That means that staying healthy requires paying attention to both. Read on to learn more about mental health.

Depression and anxiety

Loss and Grieving

Staying Connected

The Aging Brain

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There are some incredible mental health and aging resources listed here.

June 26, 2012 - 9:51pm
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