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.
- Does your organization provide programming to older adults (and you are not located in Massachusetts)? Click here to register!
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