Mental health in later life
We work to promote good mental health and wellbeing among older people. Our work aims to prevent problems from developing in later life, and focuses on issues which often affect older people, such as depression and dementia.
Poor mental health is not an inevitable part of ageing – people can and do live well in later life.
Self-help and peer-support groups for older people who are lonely and socially isolated.
Dementia and Truth-telling
We are supporting a major new inquiry into our understanding of some of the most challenging and distressing symptoms of dementia.
Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project
Exploring, supporting, promoting and celebrating groups and projects led by or actively involving people with dementia.
Gillian's story: overcoming loneliness
Gillian was one of the 1 million older people for whom loneliness is a reality. But she's turned her life around with the help of the Mental Health Foundation.
Jenny's story: It's a question of when, not if, a mental health problem will affect you
How events on New Year's Eve 2009 changed Jenny and her family's lives forever.
My mum and I: an unbreakable bond
Adam cared for his mum when she was diagnosed with early onset dementia until her passing, aged 54. Here, he shares his moving story.
An evaluation of the Standing Together project19 March 2018
There is evidence to suggest that peer-support groups can help to increase social connectedness among older people, thus improving their quality of life.
Given that 3.6 million older people live alone in the UK (Age UK. 2018), and the associated health risks of these...
Loneliness: the public health challenge of our time12 December 2017
A policy briefing by the Mental Health Foundation and Age Scotland outlining the scale of the problem and 12 key policy recommendations to challenge it.