To mark National Mental Health Awareness Month in May, sign up a senior citizen in your life for ballroom dance classes to improve their mental health and stave off depression and loneliness.
National Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness of people battling mental health demons and to reduce the stigma of mental illness. It’s also a time to encourage people who are suffering from mental health concerns to get help. Every May, organizations and hospitals across the nation launch public service campaigns, local events, and health screenings to raise awareness for mental health. National Mental Health Awareness Month was started in 1949 by Mental Health America, the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all.
Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to mental illness. At least 20 percent of adults over the age of …