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May is Older American's and Mental Health Month

from AAGP

May is an exciting month to advocate for the health and well being of older adults with mental health and substance use disorders.

Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation's observance of Older American's Month. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. For more information on #OAM18 please see the website

May is also Mental Health Month and this year the theme is Fitness #4Mind4Body. Key messages focus on understanding how much of what we do physically impacts us mentally and emphasizing how healthy lifestyle choices like eating health foods, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way to making you both physically and mentally healthy.

This Friday, May 18th is National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day. The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is hosting an event designed to raise public awareness around the mental health of older Americans and spur actions to address their needs by promoting evidence-based approaches to mental health and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery.

For more information and to register to participate in person or by webcast, please go the event registration website: more

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