Things that contribute to your wellbeing include:
- eating and sleeping well
- staying physically and socially active
- sharing your feelings with others
- doing fun and relaxing activities
- volunteering and helping others.
Read more about older people and mental health on the healthdirect website.
Staying socially active
Social engagement can have a positive impact on your wellbeing. You could find this at a community group, class or club.
Ask your local council, public library, public swimming pool or local sports club what’s on offer near you. Or enter your location in the My Community Directory website to see what’s available in your area.
Lots of organisations are looking for volunteers. This is another way to stay socially active and feel a part of your community. Find volunteering places near you on the Volunteering Australia website.
If you need help with your wellbeing, you should talk to your GP.
Medicare can help pay some or all of the costs of seeing a GP. If they choose to bulk bill, you won’t need to pay at all.
To find a GP who bulk bills, use the find a health service tool on the healthdirect website.
You can also find support services for aged and elderly people on the Head to Health website. It includes links to forums, apps and websites to improve your mental health.
We can help you with aged care services if you’re thinking about aged care. This can include getting subsidised care so you can maintain your independence in your home.