Elderly must recognise 'link between physical and mental wellbeing'

Elderly must recognise 'link between physical and mental wellbeing'

Elderly people should be aware of the importance of maintaining psychological wellbeing, as well as boosting their physical health.

Dr Rick Norris, chartered psychologist, author of Think Yourself Happy and founder of Mind Health Development, explained that the relationship between mental health and body strength is well documented.

As a result, older persons should ensure they work to reduce their stress levels, as one way of reducing the effects of certain conditions they may be more susceptible to because of their age.

"Research has found that people who are suffering from higher levels of stress seem to be more prone to physical illness because their immune systems work less well," he noted.

Dr Norris added: "Stress has also been implicated in the aetiology of many physical diseases such as cardio-vascular disease, skin disorders, stomach problems and even cancer."

The expert's comments come in the week that National Stress Awareness Day takes place (November 2nd).

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