Feel Good Bingo for Older Adults Kit

Asking an older adult about their mental health is an uncomfortable conversation, but according to the CDC it’s a conversation worth having. An estimated 9% of adult Americans meet the criteria for clinical depression. Researchers say some of these depression cases may be attributed to physical health problems that often occur later in life such as arthritis, obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.

But it’s not just physical health problems that cause depression. Seniors make up 12.4% of the U.S. population, yet they account almost a fifth of all suicides. Although most people who are depressed do not die by suicide, untreated depression can increase the risk of suicide.

According to the Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine Report (May, 2010), seniors who move into residential homes can be at risk for suicide, but facilities are often not properly equipped to respond to these sensitive mental health needs.

“The real sadness is that so many seniors know very little about depression, even accepting it as a fact of life when getting older,” says Douglas G. Jacobs, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and founder and president of Screening for Mental Health (SMH). “It’s when they don’t view depression as a genuine health concern that we run into problems.”

How Does it Work?

Feel Good Bingo helps seniors start the conversation about the signs and symptoms of depression in a comfortable, social environment. Instead of letters and numbers, each player's game card contains various icons depicting common symptoms of depression.

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Kit includes ready-to-go materials:

  • Bingo boards and chips
  • Facilitator cards that show signs of depression
  • Depression screening forms
  • Educational flyers
  • Access to the online Downloadable Resource Center

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© 2010 Screening for Mental Health, Inc.