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Published on October 17, 2017

Another Year Older, Another Year Bettermental health blog

Once you hit middle age, growing older often has negative connotations. You hear phrases like, “Our best years are behind us” or “When I was in my prime…” enough to start to believing that this applies to you. Nip that thinking in the bud! Instead of complaining about all you’ve lost and lamenting the loss of the “good old days,” focus on ways to improve your health right now. Positive thinking itself increases resiliency and happiness.

Healthy aging is, in many ways, up to you. While genetics and biological factors certainly play a role, you have the power to keep yourself in good physical and mental shape.

Lost touch with friends? Take the opportunity to expand your social circle through community clubs, religious groups, volunteering or anything else that helps you meet new people. Socially connected people have been found to be happier and live longer lives.

Not as fit as you used to be? Explore a low-impact physical activity such as walking in the local park or swimming at the YMCA. Inactive adults are more likely to experience depression and feel less motivated overall than those who find ways to keep active as they age.

Worried about your mental health declining? Try the Bryan Medical Center free online mental health screenings. The program will connect you to local resources and help you find treatment if you need it.

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About Dr. Dave Miers

Dave Miers, PhD, is director of behavioral health services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

He helped establish the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition in 1999 and chaired/co-chaired this Coalition until 2017. He currently serves on the Board of Directors. Dr. Miers is a member of the leadership group for the Lincoln/Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Dr. Miers has published research and co-authored a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide. Dr. Miers helped develop the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team in Lincoln, Neb. He also helped develop other LOSS teams in Nebraska and is active with LOSS team development on a national level.

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