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NAMI Minnesota
800 Transfer Road, #31
Saint Paul, MN 55114

phone: 651-645-2948
toll free: 1-888-NAMI-Helps
(1-888-626-4435)
fax: 651-645-7379

email: namihelps@namimn.org

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Older Adults

Mental illness is not a normal part of aging. Experiencing sadness, grief, response to loss and temporary “blue” moods are normal. Persistent depression that significantly interferes with the skills of daily living and relationships is not.  NAMI Minnesota is helping to spread this message.

Kay King is NAMI’s program director for older adults. She is a former executive director of a retirement community and a family educator for NAMI Minnesota. If you would like a presentation, training or resources on older adults living with mental illnesses, please contact her at 651.645.2948, x113.

In 2010 NAMI Minnesota received a grant from the Extendicare Foundation to:
- Identify gaps and resources in mental health services for seniors in Minnesota
- Promote awareness of mental illness to healthcare professionals working with seniors
- Develop and distribute education awareness materials
- Identify and promote evidence and research-based practices

Fact Sheet: Depression in Older Persons

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): The Winter Blues

Find Information from DHS on: Older Adults and Mental Illness
Older Adults and Mental Illnesses: Videos and Printed Materials (bottom of page)

Do You Need Help Understanding Depression in Older Adults? See panel front, back.

Depression and Diabetes, Feb. 2014, here.

Caregiver Burnout, Oct. 2013 DAPS 4th Quarter, here.

Remaining in Your Home of Many Years, Oct. 2013, here.

Befriending Someone with a Mental Illness, Dec. 2012, here.

Sleep and Your Mental Health, DAPS Newsletter, Nov. 2012, here.

A Newsletter of Hope, DAPS Newsletter, Fall 2012, here.

Holistic Approaches for Chronic Illnesses, DAPS Newsletter, Summer 2012, here.

Hospice: Help Navigating Death and Loss, DAPS Newsletter, Summer 2012, here.

Depression is Not a Normal Part of Aging, See DAPS Newsletter Jan. 2012, here.

Singing the Holiday Blues?See DAPS Newsletter, Nov. 2011 issue, here.

Providers Working with Older Adults Surveyed

NAMI Minnesota recently conducted a short survey to evaluate the need for mental health training among employees that work with older adults. Over 600 people took the survey. See survey results.

Article in the June issue of the Vital Aging Network (VAN) Forum: Older Adults Living with a Mental Illness